Written by Carra Chelsin
On Saturday Connecticut College had its annual Earthfest celebration in honor of the upcoming Earth Day. We had a great turn out at the event and Forest Justice had great representation! We had a table set up and at least 8 of our group members helped out talking to folks from the community about deforestation and it’s impacts. Additionally we had made two varieties of “chocolate bark” the previous night and handed pieces of that out as well as great forest justice stickers to all of the people that stopped by. We also obtained over 40 signatures on a petition which we plan to send to Nancy Pelosi that encourages the Grand Sequoia National Monument in California to be turned over from the hands of the US forest service to the National Park Service – this will add the Grand Sequoia National Monument to the Grand Sequoia National Park therefore not allowing logging and unsustainable practices as the US forest service has. (Sarah, a member of Conn Coll Forest Justice obtained this petition from the Sierra Club website) We hope that by targeting a specific forest with a specific solution we will be able to make a greater impact – also one of our Forest Justice members volunteered at this park last summer so she was able to tell visitors about her experiences there as an added bonus! We had a great day and look forward to representing Conn Coll Forest Justice at the Mitchell College Earth Day festival this Wednesday!