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After six weeks of protest at a park in New York's financial district, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters are using eco-friendly systems to keep their temporary home clean and plugged in to the outside world. Their green initiatives include composting, energy-producing bicycles and a grey water treatment system to sustain them as they rail against the wealthiest one percent of Americans.
Less than a week after their generators were confiscated, Occupy Wall Street protesters are using bicycles to generate power for their encampment in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.
With the help of environmental action group ’Time's Up’, demonstrators have acquired and assembled two power bikes that use a flywheel to harness energy, which is transferred and stored in large batteries.
The unit, which currently has 88 volunteers, develops environmental initiatives like the energy bicycles to help keep Zuccotti Park clean and sustainable.
Members say that as hundreds of people began to eat, sleep and pass through the Lower Manhattan plaza each day, it became clear that environmentally friendly systems were needed to dispose of large quantities of garbage, food waste and dirty water.
Brennan Cavanaugh regularly organizes the compost pick-ups.
Cavanaugh estimates that on any given day, there are 75 to 200 pounds of compost that needs to be disposed of, between the camp and the off-site kitchen, where much of the cooking is actually done.
[Brennan Cavanaugh, Compost Pick-Up Member]:
"We're bringing it to local community gardens. We have several in the East Village and one on Governors Island, which is a compound specific farm and they turn it back into soil and turn it back into something that makes rich growing material.”
The protesters have also implemented a grey water treatment system that uses wood...