|Illustration by Ralph Solonitz|
Celebrating the Year of Local and Sustainable Food
Sunday, April 22
at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
What is EarthFest?
EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day festival in the nation. Up to 50,000 people, 175 exhibitors and 900 volunteers attend. This community event helps families learn about relevant issues and take steps to conserve, protect and restore our environment. The 2012 theme is Local and Sustainable Food. Event exhibits focus on sustainable practices and activities including:
- Educational “Walk or Bike for the Earth” at 9am
- Welcoming Ceremonies with speakers, dignitaries and winners of the annual 8-county Art, Poetry and Essay Contest.
- Local and Sustainable Food (2012 EarthFest Theme)-Highlights local and sustainable food practices through exhibits and activities in partnership with Mayor Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative. Connect with local farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture initiatives, restaurants and businesses who are helping to build the local food economy in northeast Ohio; learn to contribute to your health and the health of the land by choosing locally grown and organic foods.
- Clean Transportation-Learn how clean fuels, practices and technologies reduce petroleum use and emissions. Test drive exciting new vehicles being offered by a number of manufacturers.
- Family Fun-Hands-on eco info, activities, crafts, games and entertainment; lead testing for children and women of child-bearing age at MomMobile.
- Nonprofit, Government, University-Get involved and create change, featuring environmental exhibits and educational displays from scores of environmental organizations, community groups, governments & municipalities, parks and schools.
- Green Home Improvement-Learn about and view beneficial products, services and practices for the home. Meet local entrepreneurs.
- Environmental Science-Explore science and eco-activities with NASA and other institutions. Display of Art, Poetry and Essay Contest winners.
- Zero Waste-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and composting exhibits.
- Health and Fitness-Hands-on training in nutrition and personal ecology. Fitness workshops, including kettle bells, tai chi, yoga, martial arts, and more.
- Party with the Planet-Entertainment from local bands.
Izzrael will be hitting the stage at 3pm. Bring the entire family, relax, enjoy the weather and have loads of fun!!!
Take advantage of saving on gas prices and zoo admission by riding the FREE clean air bus from Public Square. Arriving on the free clean air bus get’s you in the EarthFest Party for FREE!!!