On Friday night at the Manchester Community Center, the Manchester-by-the-Sea Sustainability Committee hosted the Executive Director of MASSPIRG, Janet Domenitz, who presented a discussion with slides on a MASSPIRG initiative called “The Campaign for Zero Waste.” She explained in detail Massachusetts’s Master Plan of reducing solid waste. She also explained that it was not robust enough and that we as citizens need to work towards a goal of zero waste. After her presentation, an entertaining (but more importantly, an informative) film called “Bag It” was played. It was produced in 2010 but is very relevant for today. A quote from the IMDB summarizes, “An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us and looks at what we can do about it. Today. Right now.”
During Saturday’s Sustainability Fair, several stations were set up inside and out of the Manchester Community Center. The Sustainability Fair brought in vendors and presenters that demonstrated how little things can make a big impact in our environment. At one booth, Sustainability Committee member Carley Cook presented a recycling quiz for participants. She held up an item while guessers would decide what could be done with it — quite eye-opening.