2008-05-01 / Letters to the Editor

Cleanup effort a great success

The Jamestown Conservation Commission would like to express appreciation for all those who made the annual Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup a success this past Saturday.

Among those who contributed were: Bill Piva and the town, for providing bags and for allowing us to use the Recreation Center as a rallying point; Slice of Heaven for getting us started with coffee and muffins; the Jamestown Shores Association for taking care of Head's Beach and everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to clean our island's shoreline.

We also thank those who provided their trucks for delivering the bagged litter to the dumpster. The bags, donated by Island Rubbish, were crammed with several tons of beach litter.

Finally, we thank the Conanicut Island Land Trust for serving a hardy lunch, State Representative Bruce Long for providing Del's Lemonade and the Jamestown Press for getting the word out.

It is our hope that all Jamestown residents and visitors alike will enjoy our public shoreline access areas in the upcoming months and not find trash everywhere they look, at least for a while. One often hears the adage "think globally, act locally" however, without having first acted locally, thinking "globally" becomes somewhat ethereal, essentially an idle thought.

Picking up the litter is an annual rite here; one that helps prevent our shoreline from becoming a showcase for all the things we discard that never go away. We need to better manage our footprint in this world. In the meantime, let us band together every year (and sometimes in between) and pick up the litter to keep Jamestown beautiful.

Patrick Driscoll Jamestown Conservation


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