Changes coming to Earth Day events in Hamden

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Earth Day event at Hamden Middle School will be different than in years past because this year, residents will notice a crumb rubber educational booth.

“The whole idea behind Earth Day to educate people about the environment and what’s good for the planet. What’s good for your body and we can educate parents and teacher even administrators for our schools about crumb rubber and show them how harmful it can be,” Lauren Garret said.

“There are at least 12 carcinogen chemicals in tires. They grind up hazardous waste and now they put it on playgrounds and let children role around in it,” Susan Kulis said.

The Mayor’s office decided to okay the booth at the event. News 8 received this statement: “After further consideration, Hamden does not seek to deny any exhibits which represents an environmental focus. We look forward to a great event and encourage community members to engage in all areas of discussion regarding our environment.”

Some Hamden residents say an educational booth is only small victory. At a town hall meeting, the group made up of parents and concerned citizens voiced their concerns about the installation of a second crumb rubber turf field at Hamden High School. The town of Hamden voting in favor of it. The group says this earth day they hope to make a difference.

“I just would like people to know what’s in this crumb rubber that’s being installed on the authentic field at Hamden high school and then they can make their own decisions,” said Kulis. Dan Garret added, “We just want to educate people and then the determination can be made whether or not we use these fields. There are alternatives.”

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