Clean-ups and a Concern You Might be Contributing To

By Maddie Curnow

The Environmental Club was happy to return on a strong note. After nearly seven months of distance learning, the student organization excitedly assembled members to do some good for the community while maintaining COVID-19  precautions. 

Members woke up bright and early on October twenty-fifth, eager to make a difference. The group spent about two hours collecting trash from around campus. Although the presence of any litter is not ideal, the group was happy to be kept busy and made an extraordinary contribution to the community. 

Of course, those in attendance took extreme caution in terms of social distancing and sporting masks. The group wants to tackle the environmental crisis while simultaneously being aware of the coronavirus pandemic. Neither are stopping anytime soon, and the Environmental Club is doing their best to be attentive to both issues. 

An important way to help both environmental and health causes is to opt for a reusable mask. The use of masks combined with social distancing is a great way to keep those around you and yourself safe. The need for masks constantly means it is smart to invest in a reusable mask that can be washed. Using disposable masks every time you are at school or the store can quickly add countless masks to the trash bin and is not an eco friendly habit to adopt.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have no choice but to use a single use mask, do not worry too much. However, there are still steps you can take to make the most out of your use. Be sure to detach the strings from the main component of the mask. This lessens the chances of curious wildlife becoming tangled in the cords. While it is not ideal that the masks cannot be recycled, it is crucial they make it into a trash receptacle. Otherwise, they are more likely to be in a place that can jeopardize neighboring wildlife. The club found many masks, most disposable and some reusable, so make sure to keep a tight grip on yours and care for it with its environmental impacts in mind.
It is never too late to join the club! For more information, please feel free to contact Madeline Curnow at her East Greenwich High School sanctioned email account. The Environmental Club would love to see you at their next clean-up. 

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