Going Green – It’s Not Just for Young People.

September 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

That was the message at a recent event in Riverside’s White Park, where dozens of senior citizens took a stand for the environment and against global warming.
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The event, entitled “Mount Rubidoux Manor – Seniors Giving the Gift of Green,” was hosted by residents of Mount Rubidoux Manor with help from Riverside Public Utilities. The event on Saturday, Sept. 26, featured exhibits, seminars, informational booths, food and entertainment.

Organizers emphasized that, while the green movement holds great promise among young people, older Americans bring a historical perspective to how our world has changed during the past 50 years. And they are naturally concerned about what sort of world they are leaving for their descendants.

“Seniors have a tender heart for their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren who are going to inherit the world we leave behind,” said Wally Longshore, the Mount Rubidoux Manor resident who led the organizational effort.

“The idea that their progeny are going to be in an ecological crisis in 20 to 30 years is very upsetting to them, especially if you think you could have done something about it.”

Longshore and other Mount Rubidoux Manor residents decided last year to start doing something about the problem of global warming. They began holding organizational meetings and spreading the word about sustainability through the senior housing area in downtown Riverside. And they started planning their inaugural event.

All that work paid off Saturday. Dozens of senior citizens walked through the park clad in green T-shirts, listening to speakers on environmental topics, browsing at the informational booths and exchanging ideas for improving the local environment.

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge said he was encouraged by the number of people who turned out for the event despite the triple-digit heat.

“People initially misread the green movement, which really does include seniors,” Mayor Loveridge said. “It’s a question of being a steward of the world.”

City Councilman Mike Gardner agreed.Seniors Go Green

“To me, the most encouraging thing is the level of involvement,” Gardner said. “So many of the residents have really thrown themselves into it. They really enjoy the challenge of organizing.”

Representatives from Riverside Public Utilities worked with organizers to produce the event. They also taped their popular radio program, “The Green Power Report,” live from the event.

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