There Is No Place Like Home!
By Julaine Chattaway Rich
Looking for something significant and meaningful - and fun - to do on Earth Day? Come to the 13th annual EarthFair on Sunday, April 21, 2002 from 10 AM - 5 PM in Balboa Park in San Diego. This year’s theme is “There is no Place like Home “ with a sub-theme of “With Liberty, Justice and Sustain-ability for All.”
San Diego EarthWorks’ annual EarthFair is the largest free environmental event in the world, produced by more than 400 volunteers, with 200+ exhibitors, and about 65,000 attendees.
Starting off the day at 10:00 am will be the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Parade. The parade features a wide variety of electric and/or hybrid vehicles, from passenger cars to large natural gas fleet trucks. The AFV Parade makes its way through the park, starting at Village Way and ending in the AFV Alley, where these environmentally-friendly vehicles will be on display all day long.
Following this parade, at about 10:30, will be the 12th annual Children’s Earth Parade, (all species welcome) with youth representing their hopes for the planet (e.g., dressing up like their favorite endangered species) or expressing themselves with this year’s themes with creative costumes and floats made from recycled materials. All parade entries must be powered by people or alternative fuel choices. Please contact us for a parade application form if you would like to participate.
Throughout the park visitors will see all sorts of environmental exhibits, showcasing environmental organizations, businesses, services and products. Plus, there are special theme areas, including the second annual eHome (Environmental Home) demonstration area displaying some of the best energy-efficient and sustainable home practices, such as EnergyStar appliances, recycled material decking, tank-less water heaters, solar cooking equipment, and renewable and sustainable building materials. We will also have the first annual eARTh Gallery featuring artwork made from recycled or found materials, or artful representations of San Diego’s “Endangered Spaces.” There will be Health and Technology Pavilions, the Children’s area filled with hands-on activities, five stages of entertainment, an all vegetarian/vegan food area, and lots more.
“We intend EarthFair to be an inclusive, broad-based environmental forum,” said Chris Klein, the event’s senior production manager since 1990. “Of course, we have exhibitors representing the mainstay environmental causes: habitat protection, clean water, clean air, healthy ecosystems. But we also include organizations that contribute to our quality of life and a planet that works for everyone. So you’ll also find recycling, animal protection, alternative medicine, peace, alternative transportation, energy and nature outings groups.”
Originally conceived as a one-time event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, continuing public demand for this environmental forum and celebration of the Earth has made EarthFair a San Diego institution.
As always, we recommend that visitors use public transportation, carpool or ride their bikes and use our free bike parking located in two convenient places in the park, just inside Laurel Street Bridge, and in the park just past Village Way off Park Blvd. San Diego EarthWorks is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, committed to a clean, healthy and prosperous future for all living things. Our other events throughout the year include the Very Important Planet (VIP) Reception and EARTH Awards in April, Community Renewal & Restoration Projects throughout the year, and the GreenBuilt Tour on Saturday, October 26, 2002 — a tour of sustainable and energy-efficient structures and buildings throughout the San Diego area.
If you would like to volunteer, would like to exhibit at EarthFair 2002, or want a parade or eARTh Gallery application, please contact EarthWorks at (858) 272-7370, or you may e-mail us at EarthWorks@earthdayweb.org . Also please visit our website, www.earthdayweb.org , for more information on our upcoming events and to see our great picture gallery.
Together we CAN make a difference.
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