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Cleanup Organizer Sees a Future of Smaller Footprints

Pat Conaway admits he is “kind of a nut” about the environment, so when he retired from teaching in 2008, it didn’t take long for him to find a number of productive ways to spend his time.  “I wanted to get people fired up about the environment, to try to encourage citizens to get involved locally,” said Conaway, founder of Big Hearts, Little Feet.  A nearly constant presence on area roadways, trails and waterways, Conaway can be found leading groups of volunteers, including many students, to pick up trash, improve trails and remove invasive species. From beer cans to soda and coffee cups, trash tossed by the roadside washes into local rivers and, if left alone, eventually finds its way to the ocean, where scientists have found plastic particles outnumber zooplankton that sustain fish and other species. But Conaway believes the real source of the trash is a societal disconnect.  “My personal philosophy is that this all has a lot more to do with our relationships. We have disconnected ourselves from each other and other creatures that we share this planet with. We are all encased in our own little bubbles and forgot how we can impact each other and the earth. We need to work on repairing those relationships.” At 67, Conaway thinks up-and-coming generations are being raised to be more mindful of their connections to the world around them. “I think it’s starting to change a bit,” he said. “I am very hopeful that the universe is starting to bend a bit.” For those who want to help, Conaway has several ways to get involved. His Trail Buddies group meets two mornings a week to do improvements on open space properties — they are also in the process of planting 100 red Oak seedlings. His Recycling Buddies program needs volunteers who can empty the recycling bins he has placed alongside public trash receptacles in Natick. And through Big Hearts, Little Feet, Conaway frequently organizes groups that remove trash from trails and waterways, something you can watch here. For instance, local business MathWorks Inc. annually sends Conaway dozens of employees to help clean trash from Fiske Pond.  Conaway can be reached at bpconaway@gmail.com, or through Big Hearts Little Feet at the Lake Cochituate Watershed Council Website.  “There are a lot of big global environmental causes out there. What I try to do is get people to start looking at their own backyard and community first. Once you create that awareness, that’s when things start to change.” South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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PHOTOS: Neighborhood Cleanup Day at Harriet Tubman Park

Last weekend, several South End residents got together to spruce up Harriet Tubman Park, an annual cleanup that takes on special significance this year. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death, a fact not lost on the volunteers who came out to spruce up the park.  “There is special significance to cleaning up the park named after her, which also features the first statue honoring a woman on Boston-owned property,” said Scott Mabel of the Pilot Block Neighborhood Association. While several neighbors raked, swept, and weeded the park, others cleaned up the sidewalks and alley entrance areas, he said. About 15 people volunteered in all to clean up the park and some of the nearby alley areas. The park also features an interesting geo-cache, where more than 80 people have already logged their visits to the park.  Mabel said he frequently sees visitors to the park posing with the statue and taking a second to reflect on Tubman’s historical significance.  “I recently spoke to two construction workers who had finished their day early. They were posing in front of her statue on their way to visit the Marathon Memorial in Copley Sq.,” he said. “Then last night, I over-heard a woman telling a young child, ‘she worked on the underground railroad to help free the slaves’ as they walked past the park.” Do you frequent the park? Have you found the geocache? Are you glad to see volunteers helping to keep it nice? Tell us in the comments.  SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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