Considering Earth Day

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Greg Peck
April 19, 2013

The late U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was the founder of Earth Day. He got the idea in 1969 after witnessing a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., and gathered people to discuss being more environmentally conscious for the first time in 1970.

Allison Rollette is chairwoman of the Sustainable Janesville Committee, which advises the city council and administration on environmentally sound practices. Rollette has a passion for recycling and reusing.

I contacted her with an idea of listing, in an Earth Day editorial, ways Janesville people could be more environmentally friendly. She quickly suggested that people not only need to recycle more but “refuse, reduce, reuse and rot.” Many tips for following these “five R’s” are available at zerowastehome.blogspot.com.

What ideas would you suggest that fellow readers follow?

In our editorial Sunday, a preview to Monday’s Earth Day, we’ll share many of the ideas that Rollette rolled past us.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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