SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE: ‘Bag lady’ Shirley Lewis is delighted that Bathurst Mayor Gary Rush signed her Pledge ASAP on Thursday, making him only the second mayor in the country to do so. Photo: LOUISE EDDY 073114lebagBATHURST’S Gary Rush has become just the second mayor in Australia to sign the ‘Pledge ASAP’ to live as sustainably as possible.
Councillor Rush met environmental campaigner Shirley Lewis during her visit to Bathurst yesterday.
Ms Lewis is also known as ‘The Bag Lady’ because of her fondness for wearing a costume made from plastic bags to draw attention to her environmental message.
She said she was inspired to get Cr Rush involved after visiting Bathurst recently to attend a talk at Rahamim Ecological Learning Community.
Ms Lewis, who lives in the Blue Mountains, spent 24 hours in Bathurst visiting the Food Co-op, the Wholefood Restaurant next door, Rahamim and the Farmers’ Market.
She also took the opportunity to collect material for upcoming radio show ‘How can you live as sustainably as possible (ASAP) in Bathurst’.
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill has also signed the pledge.
“Taking the ASAP pledge is about giving up one thing and taking up one thing in order to live as sustainably as possible,” Ms Lewis said.
Cr Rush has pledged to take shorter showers and spend more time riding his bike.
Ms Lewis has been promoting sustainability since the mid 1990s.
“During my 10 years back in my home country of Northern Ireland 2002-11, I received government funding six times for my work as bag lady with schools, business, community groups, councils and politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly,” she said.
She launched Pledge ASAP in Australia in 2013.
Ms Lewis said she finds approaching environmental issues with a good sense of humour does wonders for getting people to come on board.
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