Erin Petersen

Celebrate easy Green Living at The Domes

By - Apr 30th, 2009 08:00 am
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5674_domes340x240The phrase “going green” is literally everywhere these days. But what does it really mean, and how can you do your part? For a while, it seemed as though going green was only for those with enough, uh, green to do it, but the Green Living Festival this weekend will show you how incorporate inexpensive, environmentally conscious practices into your everyday life.

The second Annual Green Living Festival kicks off this Saturday at the Mitchell Park  Conservatory (The Domes) and features 12 hours of demonstrations, activities, a green art show, animals, storytelling, delectable vegetarian goodies from Zilli’s catering and much, much more.

“It’s a celebration of living of more sustainable, earth-friendly life through smart choices and practices,” says Paula Zamiatowski , Interpretive Educator for  The Domes.

At the festival, Green Talks will take place every half hour and cover a range of topics- learn about water conservation, how to identify green products and materials, turning grease into fuel, how to shop for a healthy lifestyle and fair trade culture, among others. Green Talks will show you what’s on the cutting edge of green living along with easy ways that you can implement these practices in your own home and community.

There will even be activities and storytelling by Mama Nomusa for children focusing on earth stewardship and recycling, educating them and hopefully inspiring future generations to carry on and improve the concept of green living. New to the festival this year is the DIY stage, featuring hourly demonstrations of earth-friendly projects that you can do at home. Another new addition is the green art show by the League of Milwaukee Artists with the work of 30 artists on display throughout the day. Stick around for the evening fashion show, where local designers and businesses showcase super hot recycled fashions and sustainable outerwear.

“The festival shows what’s new about going green and what that means,” says Zamiatowski, “it means preserving community and environmental health along with economic and social justice.”

So, keep doing what you’re doing- unplug your unused appliances, turn the lights off, ride your bike and keep showering time to a (reasonable) minimum. Then, come to The Green Living Festival on Saturday, May 2nd, and find out how you can help save the planet- or at least keep it around a while longer.

The Domes are located at 524 South Layton Blvd. The festival runs 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-17, senior citizens and students with ID. General admission also gives you access to the seasonal floral show “Spring in Yorkshire.” For more information, please call (414) 649-9830 and ask for Paula Zamiatowski.

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