This is a guest post by Shorjoe Bhattacharya, President of ECoppell Club at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas, USA.
ECoppell Club on Earth-Fest Day hosted by City of Coppell on April 24th 2010
The Earth-Fest was organized by the City of Coppell from 10am to 2pm on April 24th, 2010. It turned out to be a bright, sunny, windy day – much like the spirit of the several hundreds of Coppellites that turned up. The Texas band (http://www.vocaltrash.net/) did a lot to keep the sprits up and get people in the mood to green the earth!
This is an event that is hosted every year by the City of Coppell and for more information about this event go to http://www.ci.coppell.tx.us/departments/departments-n-z/parks-and-recreation/special-events-and-activities/clean-coppell-earthfest. Lots of local people put up creative environmental friendly booths. Most of the booths are put up by adults. Ours was the only booth that was planned and executed by Coppell High School students who are part of ECoppell club.
We were there early to set up our booth. We had a tri-board set up that explained our goals, why it is essential to ban the use of plastic bags and what we have achieved so far. Our mission at this Earth-Fest was to spread the word around “Say NO to plastic bags”.
ECoppell club members spoke to at least 200 people that stopped by to listen to us about the negative effects of plastic bags as well as about our upcoming Marble-Slab ice-cream fundraising activity that we had set up for the week after Earth-Fest. Brochures were handed out and our members presented in groups explaining why it was essential to not use plastic bags and how we all collectively could help reduce this problem.
We also had games set up for kids to participate while their parents were busy listening to our presentations. The kids were offered candy for participating in the game. I think they had more fun than all of us!! Little do they know what the world will be if we do not succeed in reducing the use of plastics!
All in all it was a successful event. It was really nice to see the enthusiasm of our club members. Our sponsor, Mrs. Mears of Coppell High School, was a big support for us (as usual!!). Not only did we manage to spread the word around but, in the process, we also made $150.00 in donations. We have some pictures to show you our club in action. As we write this report we also have completed the fundraising activity at Marble Slab and raised another $241.59.
Like Jimmy Dean says:
"I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
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Photo courtesy: Shorjoe Bhattacharya