Environmental Group

We have been learning about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for years. Now we are hearing that our efforts to save our planet may not be helpful. Why is this? Should we believe this? What should we be doing?

AAUW is starting a new environmental group. Join us on Zoom to learn more. The first Zoom meeting will be on Thursday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. when we will explore some of our thoughts, learn more about what we need to be doing, and make plans for being good environmental citizens.

The second meeting is being scheduled for Thursday, November 12. There will not be a regular AAUW meeting in November, so join us as we explore environmental issues.

On another environmental topic Case Western Reserve University will be having a free symposium on the algae problem in the Great Lakes Thursday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Algae have become a big problem, not only in Lake Erie, but also in other fresh water lakes, including Chippewa Lake. If interested, please contact Carol Thombs by e-mail or text for information on registering.

For more information, contact Carol Thombs at 330-421-1932, or via email: cgthombs98@gmail.com

Being Green – Proper Disposal of PPE

Around the world, face masks and gloves are among items of litter that are now commonplace. Not only is this littering, but it has the potential to expose others to coronavirus.

As Green Matters reported last month, there are better ways to get rid of these protective items. “As far as gloves go, probably the best thing you can do is be wise about your consumption; while these are a necessity for the healthcare workers, if you’re properly social distancing and staying at home, you won’t need to send any gloves to the landfill, where nitrile gloves will likely take centuries to biodegrade and natural latex can take years to decompose.”

“As far as masks go, things are a bit more complicated; in order to avoid the public health risk associated with the masks, they have to be thrown out and sent to the landfill in order to be discarded properly. If you’re using a mask because you are sick or you’re caring for someone sick, it should be removed from behind, wrapped in a tissue, and thrown out in a closed garbage pail in order to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the WHO. You should then immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.”

Home made fabric masks should be laundered after each use with soap and warm water.