Chicago Hosts First Annual Carbon Day Festival
Chicago-area environmentalists gathered in Lincoln Park on September 15 to celebrate Carbon Day, which the Illinois state legislature designated as an official state holiday earlier this year, as reported on Blue Planet Green Living. The festival was ideally sited amid a beautiful stand of shade trees and conifers adjacent to Lincoln Park’s Farm in the Zoo. The event featured demonstrations, educational booths, speeches, and activist organizations. In addition, visitors learned about sponsoring companies and area businesses committed to the goal of reducing the national carbon footprint and making a positive impact on the environment.
Live music of different genres ranging from reggae to indie entertained the crowd, which enjoyed vegan and organic dining options al fresco while listening to the music and trolling the display booths. The event was located right along a major bus route served Chicago’s low-emission, hybrid buses. Bikers and pedestrians arrived via appropriately carbon-free modes of transportation. Chicago’s electric elevated rail system, which invites riders to bring bikes on board the trains in off-peak hours, also delivered attendees to the event.
Demonstrations featured speakers on tree planting, recycling, and composting, a presentation on biodiesel, and a speech from Illinois State Representative Karen May, a proponent of tax credits for green businesses who sponsored the resolution to recognize Carbon Day as an official state holiday. Vendors displayed green wares ranging from no-carbon vehicles to organic t-shirts. Visitors had the opportunity to send postcards to Illinois senators urging them to support the environment. They also were invited to add their comments and drawings to a mural depicting ways we can lower carbon emissions and combat global warming.
Chicago’s first Carbon Day Festival was an enjoyable and upbeat way of bringing environmentalists together to learn how to further their common goals.Watch for details about Carbon Day 2010 in Chicago or a city near you.