Eco-Fest — Staples High School’s Club Green annual celebration of our planet — will not be held this year.
Instead, the hard-working environmental club is producing 5 different “eco-events.”
They’ll take place — one after the other — this Sunday (April 28). It’s called Green Day, and it promises to be more even entertaining than the band of the same name.
Plus a lot less punk.
All activities are very family friendly. And nearly all are free.
Sunday begins with a clean-up of Longshore (8-10 a.m.). There’s plenty of post-Sandy debris to pick up. Wear hiking or rubber boots; bring gloves; park by the 1st tee — and do your part to make this town jewel sparkle.
From 10 a.m. to noon at Wakeman Town Farm, kids can meet animals, plant vegetables and do crafts. Mini-workshops on gardening are planned for adults. Representatives from local farms, farmers markets and CSAs will provide info too.
At noon, Earthplace sponsors 2 hours of guided nature walks, pond activities, and sustainable energy displays — even toy solar car-building.
Between 2 and 4 p.m., the Westport Library hosts video showings of the classic Dr. Seuss story The Lorax. There are also children’s crafts and other activities related to that classic 1971 book. (Spark Notes: A beautiful valley becomes polluted, but there’s a ray of hope at the end.)
All that eco-stuff can work up an appetite. With hunger still a real problem in America, there’s a screening of the haunting documentary “A Place at the Table” at Town Hall (4 p.m.). A panel discussion on hunger in the U.S. follows. It’s co-sponsored by Westport Cinema Initiative and Saugatuck Congregational Church, and tickets are $10.
Sunday’s forecast is for blue skies. How perfect for a Green Day.
(To see today’s “Good Morning Staples” TV show — featuring a preview of Green Day activities — click here, or click the YouTube video below.)
I’m always impressed with the diversity of great events and activities Staples students are involved in. This sounds like a wonderful, worthwhile day — wish I could be there. I hope it goes better than expected.
Stavid: That’s a great piece; thanks for sharing. I particularly like the quote from former Vice President Al Gore. I have long admired and respected Mr. Gore for his efforts to create awareness about climate change issues and inspire people to take action. He’s made a huge, positive difference in the world.
I agree with the author on most of it. I don’t, however, think people have been “excluded” from the political process. There are plenty of examples in which individual citizens and diverse groups of citizens made huge differences in their actions.
Where I live in Montana, for example, ranchers, farmers, loggers, hunters, anglers, environmentalists and a diversity of others often successfully come together, set aside their differences, and work cooperatively to protect the clean air, clean water and fish and wildlife habitat we all cherish. These collaborative efforts have resulted in the protection and restoration of a lot of special, wild places.
As Margaret Mead once put it: “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
I have a hunch some of the committed young men and woman from Staples Club Green will be helping change the world for the better. I wish them all the best!
Proud to be a friend of Eco-Fest. This sounds great! Good luck, all!