Raleigh’s Earth Day Celebration 2009
What a stunningly beautiful day to celebrate Planet Earth! This was the second year for the downtown Raleigh festival sponsored by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, the City of Raleigh and Burt’s Bees.
Paperhand Puppet Trash March at 5pm featured yours truly as a puppet holder. I’ve enjoyed the Paperhand Puppet march every year at the Eno Festival and always wanted to be a puppet handler. Voila I was in the right place when the message came out, “pick a puppet and join the parade”.
The puppets are made from recycled materials, bamboo and use corn starch. Since 1998 these creative puppeteers have been demonstrating their love for the earth and its creatures as visual demonstrations of their belief in justice, equality, and peace.
Check out their schedule as the next time they are back in Raleigh is First Night.
Here’s what I was able to see:
- Burt’s Bees Happy 25th Burt Day Bonanza Tent Sale -great buys!!!!
- Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Trash March
- Eco-smart shopping in the Green Bazaar
- The hip sounds of The Junkman and his totally recycled trash band
- The 9th Annual Sustainable Design Competition
- “Ask the Experts” tent with answers to all your questions about designing and building a sustainable home.
- “How To” for green home cleaning, backyard beekeeping, and much more!
- Innovative Sustainability Projects from the Triangle’s Universities
- Southern Energy Management’s solar power race car competition
- Worm composting exhibit
- City of Raleigh Sustainability demo and contest
Did you know that bluebirds almost vanished? Bill Satterwhite of the Master Gardeners of Wake County explained how the bluebird habitat is threatened by development. Bluebirds nest in hollow cavities of trees. With so many trees being cut for subdivisions and home owners diligently removing dead trees, these color birds have fewer places to call home. They don’t make their own nests and rely on holes created by woodpeckers or NEST BOXES which you can provide. Here’s a link to an article about the bluebird’s plight and proper nesting box placement and more information about the bluebird box program. $10 boxes can be purchased from the State Employee Credit Union.
Master Gardeners are available to help you with your gardening questions.
I spun the wheel of chance at The City of Raleigh sustainble booth and won a 5 minute shower timer and an all cotton T shirt.
Raleigh’s Environmental Awards are Wedneday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marbles Kids Museum at 201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh. Can’t wait to see who won this year.