At today's EarthFest celebration at the zoo, participants can go home with a souvenir: a pail of poop! Buckets of zoo-animal-generated fertilizer will be available for purchase. But there's a purpose to all this crap. It's part of Earth Day 2006's plan to save the planet. And make no mistake the display-packed event has global consciousness at the very top of its list. "This is the largest educational event we host," says zoo spokeswoman Sue Allen.
With more than 120 organizations and businesses on the bandwagon for this year's festivities, Earth Day isn't just for dirty hippies anymore. "It's a lifestyle," says Scott Sanders, executive director of Cleveland's Earth Day Coalition. "More and more, everybody has a lot of choices to make as a consumer. More options are coming in the next couple of years, because people are asking for them."
In addition to the hundreds of exhibits on display, folks can pick up a tree to plant in their yard, hear live music, and watch awe-inspiring tricks performed by zoo animals. And there'll be green-home designs, which show visitors how to light and heat their abodes naturally, and the Fatty Wagon, a vehicle that runs entirely on French fries. All aboard, and pass the ketchup!
Sun., April 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.