“Growing and Greening NY”

0071   On Fridays, I usually do psych research up in the Bronx, but last week I decided to just walk down Museum Mile, pick any museum and just go in. However, before I left on my little excursion, one of my suitemates mentioned that there was an exhibition she wanted to visit and I’m so glad she did!
    Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City was an interactive and informative eye opener about the harm we are doing our city. The exhibition, with bright yellow television-looking boxes hanging over your head, also provides CHALLENGES which you can take on to help the planet in your daily life. So as to put things into perspective, the exhibition is set up to follow the average New Yorker on a typical day of the week. It starts at 7AM, when many New Yorkers may be showering and brushing their teeth, and takes the opportunity to present the city’s Water Initiatives. It continues on to discuss different modes of green transportation (bike, subway, buses, ferry). In the next room, there are beautiful dioramas of buildings that currently are green and projects, which will be examples for future architecture. (I found out that there are plans for a new park in my neighborhood of Williamsburg-Greenpoint!) At around 5PM, the average New Yorker is getting out of work and goes to the supermarket. Bottled water is a No-No. “Americans spent $15 million on bottled water last year. The equivalent of almost 17 million barrels of oil is used to produce plastic for all those bottles, enough to fuel more than one million cars and light trucks for a year” (MCNY). Their is a presentation of the hiden costs of food and charts on a wall show New Yorkers where they can buy local food. (For those interested in food and especially local food, check out the CSA, Community Supported Agriculture. You can buy a share of a farm’s production costs and receive weekly produce shipped to you for 6 months). At 8PM, you may be washing your clothes or watching TV in the living room. There is a “green” living room display, in which all the things have a tag saying where everything came from and the benefits. At 2AM, the “city that never sleeps” sleeps and using some kind of meter, you can check how much electricity you are using while you sleep.
   These are just some of the things you will see at the exhibition. There is so much more! Check it out! In order for us to be healthy, we need to make sure that the planet we live on becomes more healthy! The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water which we drink and bathe with, and the plants that supply oxygen are in our hands. What can YOU do?

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