The Miami Group returned to the April 23 Earth Day celebration at Blue Ash Summit Park following a two-year hiatus. Attention-getters at the Sierra Club table included a rain barrel and a PFAS removal activity, both designed with the event’s water them in mind.
The celebration, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, also honored several community members “who have actively made ecology, environmental study, and sustainability a way of life.” Volunteer of the year went to Jeanne Nightingale, Miami Group Executive Committee member who is active in multiple organizations. Others honored included renown Cincinnati attorney and Exposure author Rob Bilott, UC environmental sciences professor and PFAS expert Dr. Susan Pinney, UC student Amanda Hangar and the Cincinnati Climate, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee as the honored government agency.
Two Sierra Club-affiliated groups, Past Plastics Coalition Cincinnati and Ditch the Dump also staffed tables at the event.
The Past Plastics display showed common household items made from plastic and their better choice alternatives, called “This, Not That!” Another display, promoted going beyond opting for reusable bags (rather than single use plastic) by asking “What’s in Your Bag?” What is the content of the reusable bag and does it continue to support the fossil fuel industry and climate change?
In all, nine Miami Group members took part in the Blue Ash event.