Party for the Planet

Learn how to be enviro-friendly to Mother Earth.

EarthFest 2008 is the Earth Day Coalition's not-too-subtle annual message that you can be an environmentally conscious Earthling, if you really want to be.The daylong fest spotlights dozens of Earth-friendly exhibits on alternative-fuel sources, public transit, and organic gardening. A "green-home improvement area" features the latest in recycling tips, residential-heating and -cooling devices, and brochures on advanced-energy supplies. And there's plenty of entertainment to go with the brainy stuff, with kiddie tours of an eco-safari, test-drives of Segway scooters, and an afternoon's worth of food and music.Now in its 18th year, the fest shows spectators how they make an impact on the environment with their eco-ignorance and the ways they can improve their behavior to save Mother Earth. "There's so much you can do very easily, whether it's turning off your lights, recycling, or switching lightbulbs," says Scott Sanders, the coalition's director. "It all really reduces your carbon footprint." The fest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way. Tickets are $7 ($4 for kids). Call 216-281-6468 or visit
Sun., April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008