In celebration of Earth Day, I participated in the Discarded Comfort Cleanup Crew, helping to document the event as part of #cleanupfred. This worthwhile affair came to be, as part of an ongoing photo project by Chafic Haddad.
The Discarded Comfort project is a photo project, designed to raise aware of the amount of coffee cups people drop wherever in their daily business. The stray, lonely coffee cup shown in stark contrast to its surroundings, places it doesn’t belong.
Rather than leave the discarded cups behind, Chafic started picking up the cups and the idea snowballed into an Earth Day event. With a kickoff at Wilser’s Room, around 60 people showed, including mayor Brad Woodside and city councillor Scott McConaghy, to have a drink of coffee, some final words of instruction before an afternoon of cleanup.
Braving the rain with a camera is daunting, so I wrapped up my camera in a clear garbage bag. Found some folks on the street walking and picking up garbage. Drove home and grabbed a tuque, then proceeded to drive the city searching for more people. I found some in Queen Square. Otherwise, I did not find other participants.
When people spread out to clean up Fredericton, they are on foot and search out trails and other walkable areas. My bad for not checking with a few people to know where they were heading.
But overall, the estimation is that 120 plus bags of garbage were picked up. I think that Chafic is too be commended for his efforts in making Earth Day a success for Fredericton.
What did you do for Earth Day?