It may be something as little as using a canvas bag for shopping that can make a difference in the environment.
That is one of the thoughts behind the GO Green Club, an organization sponsored by the Friends of the Peters Township Public Library.
“You don’t have to put solar panels on your house or something like that to make a difference,'' said Jennifer Garrett, Green club president. "It's the little things that can add up.''
According to spokeswoman Carrie Weaver, the club was created in January of 2010 to provide the community with programs, library materials, and volunteer activities to create a more environmentally friendly and responsible lifestyle.
As part of that mission, the club will host “Green Wednesdays,” a film series featuring documentaries on relevant green and environmental issues. The films start next month and are free and open to the public.
“We want people to see a film they might otherwise not view, and maybe get new ideas,” Ms. Garrett said.
Since its inception four years ago, GO Green has hosted a major event at the library each year.
The first was a Green Fair with more than 25 vendors participating. The club began offering the GO Green Camp for Kids 2012 and will host the camp again on June 10.
Designed for children in third through fifth grade, the three-day camp focuses on different topics each day to introduce the younger members of the community to environmentally friendly information and activities.
Last fall, the GO Green Club hosted “The Great Halloween Costume Swap,” where community members brought gently used costumes for exchanging and sharing with others. The remaining costumes were donated to the Rainbow Kitchen in Homestead for children that they serve.
“It was very successful with more than 140 costumes and accessories recycled that day,'' Ms. Weaver said. "We plan to host it again this year.''
The film series will kick-off on March 5 with “Carbon Nation," which focuses on climate change solutions. Each film will allow a discussion time, Ms. Weaver said, and organic snacks will be served.
Ms. Weaver said that club members would often talk about documentaries they had seen on their own and decided to share some of these movies with the public.
“We selected movies that we thought people would enjoy, but also offer new ideas and topics,” she said.
A different full-length feature film will be shown on the first Wednesday of each month through June. As with all of their programs, club members said they hope those in the community learn more about ways to make changes in their own lives to help the environment. At the very least, Ms. Garrett is hoping they will encourage interesting dialogue.
“It is always fun to share ideas and learn new things,” she said.
On April 2, "Trashed — No Place for Waste” will be shown; on May 7, “Switch” will be featured; and on June 4, “Chasing Ice” will be shown. All will be shown in the reading room at the library. While they are free and open to the public, advance registration is requested by calling 724-941-9430 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Ganster, freelance writer: email@example.com.