Monday, April 21, 2008

Earth Day Colorado in the (compact fluorescent) spotlight!

The Post has a spate of stories. First, planning your week:
The Earth Day Fair 2008 will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [Tuesday] in Denver's Civic Center Park. The fair is free; there will be exhibits including information on energy conservation, recycling, composting, pollution prevention, transit options, saving water, renewable energy, natural resources and more.
Just stay away from the flowerbeds.

A ski town bags it:
In an effort to reduce the ecologic footprint of the community, Breckenridge is proclaiming Tuesday as "Reusable Bag Day." The town will hand out reusable bags starting at 11:00 a.m. at Breckenridge Recreation Center, Breckenridge Post Office, City Market, Downstairs at Eric's, Fatty's Pizzeria and MiZuppa, until all the bags are gone.
Until all the bags . . . are gone.

And the radical enviros at the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (they say "Hey," Derrick) get in on the fun:
In honor of Earth Day,the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association celebrates the dedication of a new environmentally-friendly asphalt parking lot, through a partnership with Colorado's multi-jurisdictional Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. The parking lot dedication will be followed by a sponsored luncheon.
Sponsored luncheon = I'm there. But wait, there's more!
An open house will be at 11:30 a.m. with comments from key stakeholders and project information at Wastewater Management Division, 2000 W. 3rd Ave., Denver.
Mmmmm, wastewater.

One of many events for Youth:
[K]ids ages 6 and up can participate in a program, "Earth Transformed," during 90-minute programs between now and May 13 at each Jefferson County Public Library location. Knott's Kids, a Jefferson County Public Library interactive literacy program for children ages 6-12 and the city of Lakewood's ArtVentures are collaborating on this program, which allows kids to create custom-designed, experimental artwork while learning about recycling.
In another story the Post asks, "Going 'green' a fad or for real?" (spoiler alert: everybody the reporter asks says "for real"). Quoteskis:

These days, the environment boasts rock-star status, becoming so popular that some say it's trendy.

Not Auden Schendler, director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Co.

"Someone asked me the question, 'Green is cool now, so what's next?' " Schendler said. "The answer is: 'This is what's next.' It's not a just a hipster trend that's going to pass."

Aspen Skiing Co., meet the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association.
Massive gatherings are planned in Tokyo, Beijing and Buenos Aires, Argentina. More than 1 billion people are expected to mark the event in some way.
That'll be eco-friendly. Much other bilge in the piece.

Custom-designed, experimental art work by someone older than 12. (AFP photo from the article.)

In a guest commentary, Republican state Sen. Nancy Spence pleads for a renewal of the alleged bipartisan spirit of the original Earth Day through a totally uncontroversial carbon cap-and-trade system.

Finally, the Post asks: How will you celebrate Earth Day?

Update: In contrast to this cornucopia of propaganda, the News, situational right deviationist organization that it is, has a brief in Health and Fitness and a piece in the business section comparing high-end home products for greenness.

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