2013-04-18 / Letters to the Editor

Volunteers needed to clean island Saturday

Volunteering to pick up other people’s trash is powerful, symbolic and transformative. Our waste, whether by the side of the road, in a landfill, or in the ocean, belongs to all of us in equal shares.

This year’s winter storms and high water have ringed our island with this stuff – all marked “return to sender.” Please join the Jamestown Conservation Commission on our annual Earth Day cleanup this Saturday morning. We will meet at the recreation center at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and muffins, generously provided by Slice of Heaven.

Teams will then be dispatched to all of Jamestown’s public shoreline access areas to pick up the garbage – typically over two tons of it, mostly in small bits. The Conanicut Island Land Trust will serve lunch at noon: burgers and hot dogs supplied by Windmist and Watson farms.

Sites will include East Ferry, Potter’s Cove, park dock, Jamestown Shores beach, Fort Getty, Mackerel Cove, Hull Cove, Sheffield Cove and West Ferry. By land and by sea, from the hands of too many and too few, trash finds its way to our doorstep. Yet, in a gum wrapper’s journey from one hand to another, it is a story that can change people and one that needs to be told.

You can make a difference. We need your help and the help of anyone you know especially your children. In every bag we fill there is a small message and together a bigger one that stays with us and becomes something more. Fill up a bag of trash with us this Saturday – this job takes a village and makes one, too.

We will supply the bags, you will need work clothes and gloves. Volunteers with trucks would be especially appreciated as we need to collect the bags roadside and deposit them in the dumpster donated by Island Rubbish. The Conservation Commission would like to thank all prospective volunteers in advance for their assistance with this Earth Day project.

Patrick Driscoll
Conservation Commission

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