Fossil fuels, sustainability, and caring for Mother Earth

Ella Wyder of Mayfield and Paul Russo of Johnstown listens as Pamela Roger, right, explains the Glove Cities Huddle at the Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair Saturday at the town park on Main Street. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

JOHNSTOWN — “Eat Less Meat,” “Resist Fossil Fuels,” and “Cattle=Methane, Methane=51% Greenhouse Gases.”

These lawn signs greeted people along the town park on Main Street for the Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair on Saturday.

“We’re encouraging people to invest in clean renewable energy to prevent global warming from fossil fuels,” said Jahnn Gibson of Mothers Against Global Warning, who coordinated the event.

Represented among the exhibits were Glove Cities Huddle. Pamela Rogers, representing the group, said, “Basically what were trying to do is encouraging people to be concerned about issues—sustainable living, food choice, health care.”

Huff n Puff was present selling Andersen insulating windows as well as Gutter Helmets designed to prevent leaf clogging gutters and ice build-up on the gutters.

“We like to go to diverse events—kids events, home shows, boat shows,” said Alycia Little of Huff n Puff.

Dianne Woske, recycling coordinator for the Fulton Country Recycling Department, explained to several people how single-stream recycling sorts out recycled materials.

Chris Winckler, sales manager for Aztech Geothermal, was there to explain how differences in air and underground temperatures can be used for heating and cooling.

Paul Russo of Johnstown gave away white pine saplings to anyone wishing one.

“We need trees to remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen” and for shade, food and lumber,” he said.

Mae Goh and Allison Morey, both of Johnstown, P-TECH students from HFM BOCES, were on hand with a questionnaire to help the public discover their “carbon footprints.” These footprints are indicative of the among of carbon dioxide people produce, based on their methods and quantity of energy usage—supposedly an indicator of their contribution to global warming.

Several vendors of woodstoves, LED lights, energy audits, composting and solar panels were listed on the fair’s flier but did not appear.

While the fair was occurring, Boy Scout Troop 104 of Johnstown was collecting bottles to finance its summertime 17.5-mile trek on the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa., to earn the BSA’s Gettysburg National Medal. Scoutmaster Bruce Lawrence said he expects to bring more than $100 in bottles Saturday. The troop has already visited battlefields in Saratoga and Plattsburgh.

By Patricia Older

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