CVU senior organizes climate change awareness bottle drive

Aug 4 E Grevatt Bottle Drive SCKestrel Grevatt, a Champlain Valley Union senior, participated in the Climate Ride, a 300-mile bike ride from New York City to Washington, D.C. for her Gradate Challenge project. Next month, she plans to join hundreds of cyclists pedaling in a five-day ride to raise money for over 50 green organizations leading the nation in climate change awareness, green energy development, sustainability, and bicycle advocacy.

In order to participate Grevatt must raise at least $2,400 in pledges. She selected the 350.org and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as beneficiaries because she felt they were both well-established organizations with a unique approach to protecting the environment, and the donations would be put to good use. “I am well on the way to meeting my fundraising goal,” Grevatt noted. “But these organizations need all the funds they can get!”

In an effort to raise money, Grevatt has organized a bottle drive this Saturday, Aug. 24 from 8 am to 5 pm at the Charlotte Central School’s Quonset hut.  Donations will support the work of both innovative organizations. A global grass-roots movement, 350.org strives to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to a safe 350 parts per million. The movement not only raises awareness, it encourages each person to do what they can.  A legal organization, NRDC fights to protect wildlife habitats, prevent pollution, and create a sustainable future. What could be worthier?

This weekend gather up your returnable bottles and cans and bring them to CCS and support this good cause or make a tax deductible donation online at http://tiny.cc/merf0w.  For more information please call Grevatt at (802)-355-6137, email her at kestrelgrevatt@cvuhs.org, or visit www.climateride.org.

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