EDITORIAL: Learn about how to build a better environment

It’s at least partly true that many people would do a better job of being environmentally friendly if they had an easier path toward learning how. Pursuing sustainability can appear complicated, expensive and distant. And, of course, it’s a lot easier to do nothing.

But doing something is important. We learn more almost every day about how human behavior influences the environment. It should be seen as a basic human responsibility to care about this, since when it comes to survival on planet Earth we are indeed all in this together.

A good place to learn about a lot of this is in Cheshire this Saturday, at the First Congregational Church green, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Sustainability Fair will include several organizations with environmental interests. Those include SustainableCT, Save the Sound, Sunrise MovementCT, Cheshire Pollinator Pathway and the Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society, among others.

There will also be an area where kids can make things with recyclable material, a yoga class and a chance to win a backyard composter.

Sponsored by the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire, the fair also reflects an effort by Cheshire High School senior Josh Koppel, who participated in a program that calls on students to get involved in a conservation project with a community environmental organization.

As Joy VanderLek reported for the Cheshire Citizen, Koppel and his mentor, University of Connecticut senior Caitlin Daddona, put the fair together with members of the Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire.

Koppel said he wanted “this to be a real community event. I hope to really just tell people how much it can benefit them from just doing small things, and how those small things can add up to make a huge impact.”

That’s an important message for those who imagine the commitment to be overwhelming. Small steps can go a long way.



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