Green Protesting

February 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

Even though we JUST blogged on the protests at the capitol, given our proximity and the omnipresent yells, cheers, and drumbeats permeating the walls and windows, the political activity below is always in the back of our minds. No matter what your opinion on the issues being debated out there, we just wanted to offer a few brief reminders about how to rally sustainably.

First, one thing many of us have noticed is the trash. Although I’ve seen rock concerts with much more trash lying around, that doesn’t make the trash we’ve seen any greener, so please remember to pick up your things when you leave or move on. The local restaurants appreciate your business, but I’m sure they also appreciate you disposing wrappers appropriately. If you choose to bring food from home, consider packing a lunch from home in reusable cloth bags. Bring cloth napkins and your water in a BPA-free bottle.

If you bring a sign expressing your approval or displeasure at one political faction or another, consider re-using signs from past events, or use the back side of one-sided signs to save materials. A creative sign is just as creative on reused poster board!

How you get to the capitol square matters just as much as what you do there, from a sustainability perspective. Meet up with other like-minded people and carpool, use a Community Car, or bike if the streets are safe. Plus, parking is a MAJOR chore! Best to travel as lightly as possible.

If you choose to participate in political activities here on the square, think of other great ways of how to “green” your marching and don’t hesitate to let us know, by comment or email, so other capitol-goers can learn from you!

Go Green,

Matt

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  • 1. Terri Gregory  |  March 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I’m shocked that you did not include public transportation in your list of how to get to the Capitol. I use Madison Metro in the city, and Badger Bus goes between Madison and Milwaukee. You can catch it at Memorial Union on campus.

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