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Chicago-area Girl Scouts go beyond Earth Day to Forever Green


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With Earth Day seeming way behind us, are you going to go back to your old habits? Chicago-area Girl Scouts are saying no, and are going "Forever Green." You can join in, too.

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) are taking action for more permanent changes in habits and attitudes. The council is challenging Girl Scouts and others to take part in the "Girl Scouts Forever Green Community Acion Project."

Girl Scouts have a long history of getting involved and taking action in projects that impact our communities and our lives. This Forever Green project encourages Girl Scouts and anyone else who wants to join in to truly Go Green Forever by starting to establish new habits now.

For the next several weeks, GSGCNWI challenges Girl Scouts and Chicago-area community members to take action. Susan Rakis of GSCNWI says, "You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to make a difference – this is a call to action for all members of our community."

The challenge culminates with the Forever Green Festival on Saturday, June 5, at the Allstate Arena, in conjuction with Chicago Sky. This Festival promises an afternoon full of eco-educational activities, free food, soft drinks, an appearance by Radio Disney, and great giveaways. Even more, included in the $20 registration packet is a ticket to see the WNBA’s Chicago Sky!

Susan says, "Now I’m collecting as many old cell phones and batteries as I can for recycling. I’m bringing them to the Festival, where Motorola and other local partners will help with the proper disposal and/or recycling. With more than 65,000 TONS of electronic waste filling our landfills every year, we can all take part in making our world a bit greener."

The Girl Scouts are all over this Forever Green movement – they’re on Facebook, Twitter, and  will soon post videos on YouTube. Three teen Girl Scouts are blogging about going Forever Green, too.

Girl Scouts live by the Girl Scout Law, one part of which is to do their best to make the world a better place. Those are good words for everyone to think about.

Suggestions, comments, questions? Anything about environmental health that you would like to know about? Email your Chicago Environmental Health Examiner at MarisaNaujokas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @chicagoenviron.

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