By Leadership San Juan Islands
What comes to mind when you think of “SLopez”?
Slow-paced life? Independent-minded, quirky, creative islanders? Folks helping each other? Simple, responsible way of life in harmony with and reverence for the Mother Earth?
Actually, all of the above, at least according to the instigators behind “SLopez Compassionate Travel.” It is a service project of five Lopezian members of the Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) cohort this year: Alina Donnelly, Beth Robson, Chom Greacen, Jessica Roundy and Tracey Cottingham.
In celebration of our unique SLopezness and the upcoming Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, SLopez Compassionate Travel project encourages all SLopezians to challenge yourselves and family members for one day by traveling lightly and compassionately. This could mean dusting off your tricycle, bike trailer, horse cart, wagon, or trekking shoes. Or it could mean exercising your thumb, your brave smiling face and your big-heartedness to hitch a ride, give a ride and help fellow islanders to haul stuff and get to places.
To help get competitive and creative juices flowing, there will be a fun contest at the Transfer Station (“the Dump”) from 11 a.m – 12 p.m. Bring your trash and recycling to the dump in a low- or no-carbon way and earn prizes in a variety of categories such as the most creative form of transportation, most bulk or weight, furthest distance traveled, and best decoration (on your person or your bike) for your travel. Wanting to bring more trash or recyclables to the dump? Join the Great Islands Cleanup crew with their efforts on the morning of this event!
Participants and onlookers of the Procession of Species, starting at 3:30 p.m., are also encouraged to travel to the village green next to Isabel’s by compassionate means. Costumes (particularly of different species) and decorations on your bikes, trikes or unicycles are welcome.
All participants will add to the community tally of gasoline or GHG emissions saved. This activity is part of the Compassion Lopez week, with the Lopez Island Family Resource Center as the lead organizer and involving many community groups and members. For more information, contact Chom Greacen at 468-3189.
So come one, come all, on the Earth Day April 22, during the entire week and beyond. Let’s celebrate our awesome SLopezness by traveling with compassion for our community and our planet.