"Little Live Earth"
For Girl Scouts Morgan S. Wilcox, Katie Shriver, and Anna Plattner, planning an environmental festival to raise awareness within their community was their response. “Two years ago, when I started planning my Gold Award Program, I thought of organizing an environmental festival,” said Wilcox. Two years later, on 7.07.07, “I got the idea for a name for the festival—Little Live Earth,” reminisced Wilcox.
So on August 9, 2008, a partnership of local businesses, musicians, speakers, and volunteers gathered under the guidance of Wilcox, Shriver, and Plattner to demonstrate their concern for the environment and express their interest in working together to make a difference. Their booths depicted a broad range of environmental concerns, ranging from biodiesel fuel to vegetarianism to locally-produced honey. Educational speakers, including Dominic Frongillo of Caroline in Tomkins County and Taury Smith of Albany, provided the attendees with necessary information on the significance and impact local changes can have on a global scale.
Little Live Earth enabled community members to earn a reusable cloth bag in exchange for making various pledges such as switching incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones, planting a tree, or walking instead of driving for a day, as well as taking taste tests that demonstrated the small taste difference but large environmental difference between organic cookies and those that have been processed multiple times. Beyond that, Greenville resident Art Harm brought his personal 1978 Mercedes that he runs on biofuel, using leftover oil from local restaurants, instead of diesel.
The girls’ efforts were not only appreciated by the community, but by the local town government as well. “I thank these girls for the effort they put it. This is a fine day—I really learned a lot,” said Councilman Richard Bear.
The inspiration from Live Earth and the hard work, dedication, and lessons learned in planning the Little Live Earth event from arranging vendors, sponsors, musicians, and volunteers, will serve them well as they go out and make a difference on a global scale.
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