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Earth Day event a big draw at Peck Farm Park

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Emma Williams, teacher and sponsor for Geneva High School's Environmental Club, draws with chalk at an Earth Day event Saturday in Geneva.

GENEVA – Carolyn Burnham told people who stopped by her booth Saturday that buying bottled water costs 2,000 times what people pay to get water out of the their tap.

Burnham, a volunteer with the Batavia Environmental Commission, administered a water taste test at an Earth Day event at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. People could sample regular tap water, filtered tap water and bottled water.

Isaac Orcutt of Elburn tasted the three samples and found out his favorite sample was plain tap water.

“I think they’re trying to raise awareness that bottled water is really bad and that the water in the bottle is bad,” he said.

The water taste test was one of the many activities offered Saturday, and was hosted by Geneva’s Natural Resources Committee and the park district’s Peck Farm Park.

Isaac Orcutt, along with his wife, Michelle, and their 6-month-old baby, Nolan, also had a chance to get rid of an old TV at the event, which also offered electronics recycling.

“We’re getting more into trying to pay attention to what we’re doing and what we’re eating,” he said.

Jay Womack, chair of the Natural Resources Committee of Geneva, said the event offers people a chance to learn more about sustainability, pick up a free tomato plant or buy a sapling to plant later.

Several booths were set up, including a bicycle tune-up booth and children’s yoga demonstrations. Ann Drover and Nancy Goodfellow, both part of the Green Sanctuary organization with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, were selling reusable packaging made of cloth to use in place of wrapping paper.

“It’s better for the environment,” Drover said. “You’re not throwing it into a landfill after you use it.”

Womack pointed out other activities related to Earth Day, which was Monday. He said families could enjoy drawing with chalk and learning about solar panels. People also could buy a rain barrel or compost bin.

“We just want people to recognize that even the littlest thing matters,” he said. “It all counts. … It’s all about choices. You can make a choice that’s good for the earth and people recognize they have the ability to change.”

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