Santa Barbara Going Green

TIANA GONG

Opinion Editor

Live performances, Bill Nye the Science Guy, healthy foods and drinks, alternative energy ideas, a green car show, and fun crafts were just some of the many enjoyable aspects of Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival. Since 1970, the Earth Day Festival has been a yearly highlight of the city. It is graciously hosted each year by the Community Environmental Council. This event pushes Santa Barbarians toward being more sustainable and encourage them to veer away from the usage of fossil fuels. The festival took off with a positive start on April 20, 2013 at Alameda Park and ended successfully on April 21, 2013.

People were encouraged to bike to this environmentally friendly event which meant hundreds to thousands of bikes were parked in a designated area. Free bike repairs were also available. At the Eco-Marketplace, one could find sustainable products to help them reduce, reuse, and recycle. For example, the Natural Bath & Bath Products booth offered products like handmade soap, soy candles, bath salts, and essential oils. Other businesses with booths included Cliff Bars, Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins, The Closet Trading Company, Lazy Acres, Albertsons, and Crossroads Trading Company. Many of the businesses such as Marborg gave away free items such as reusable bags for groceries. Cleaning products, pencils, seeds, plants, chewy bars, food and beauty samples were also given out. Many of the booths also had fun raffles and prizes that could be won after answering a question regarding whatever message they were trying to share.

The Green Car Show featured efficient and alternative fueled vehicles including San Marcos’s very own electric Porsche. The Main Stage set the scene for live performances from bands such as Blue Suns, who played indie surf rock, and dance groups such as Santa Barbara Dance Arts. Santa Barbara was also graced with the opportunity to witness the famous Bill Nye the Science Guy receive the Environmental Hero Award.

The food at the festival was phenomenal and mouthwatering. The hot weather made Barrett’s Lemonade a popular spot along with Sol Food Kitchen, Santa Barbara Juice Ranch, and McConnell’s ice cream. The Kid’s Corner had hands on activities such as holding baby chicks, darkling beetles and petting a turkey.

It is no surprise that this year’s Earth Day Festival was a hit with thousands of people coming car free. If you did not attend this year, make sure to make an effort to check it out next year!

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