Portland festival encourages visitors to live 'green'

Festival encourages Mainers to live 'green'

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Every day, humans do things that can be harmful to the Earth's environment, and we may not even know it. But, the third annual Portland Greenfest in Monument Square Saturday got visitors thinking about what kind of affect their daily lives can have on the ecosystem.

More than fifty vendors highlighted ways people can make changes every day to improve the environment through renewable energy, alternative fuel sources, recycling and composting to reduce waste, and more. Organizers from the Greater Portland Sustainability Council say it's important for Mainers to care about the environment, not just for a healthier future, but because much of the main industry in our state is dependent on natural resources.

"It's also keeping our businesses going here that depends upon all those different industries," said festival organizer and Greater Portland Sustainability Council member, Jeff Edelstein. "If we, dare I say, ruin our environment here, it's going to hurt all of us in so many different ways."

Sustainability Council members say it's their hope that one day, environmental sustainability will be so commonplace, that the Greenfest won't be needed.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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