The first weekend before Earth Day is coming up in just two short days! I will be attending several fun events this Saturday, April the 18th here in Oklahoma City.
Sustainable OKC and IAO are holding their Rethink:Recycle:Redesign special preview party from 7 - 11 pm on Saturday at the IAO gallery, 811 North Broadway. The RRR event is a juried art exhibit in which artists repurpose materials that have reached the end of their lifecycle. The preview party will feature a silent auction, live local music, delicious catering from local restaurants, and educational displays.
Darci Lenker, Trashy Poinsettia
Note: Sustainable OKC is providing seed funding for our Transition Town OKC initiative, so I am a little biased. But not much.
Before the party starts, Transition Town OKC is having our "debut" event at the United Methodist Church at Mayfair Heights at 3131 NW 50th St. between May and Independence, in OKC. While Steering Committee members have spoken several times at film screenings and book groups, it was always with a carefully selected sub-population (environmentalists) who are a fairly friendly crowd. Now we will be interacting directly with the public. Wish us luck!
We have been working hard for the past two weeks to design an interesting and engaging display that balances information about the "Energy Challenge" (aka peak oil) and TTOKC. We are also being careful to avoid being prescriptive - telling people how to respond or what solutions to use - while still providing ideas and concepts about going local / resilience.
Some of the items we are including for our display:
- My Global Sun Oven, (usually an eye-catcher), with some solar cooking handouts
- Books: The Long Emergency, Superbia!, The Transition Handbook, Cooking with Sunshine
- Magazines: National Geographic special edition Energy Issue, Mother Earth News
- Printed reports in binders: The Hirsch Report, the Oil Shockwave report
- Laptop with our continuously running Energy Quiz slideshow
- The Oil Age poster, laminated
- "The Carbon We Keep" picture
- Tri-fold display, with panel 1 - TTOKC, panel 2 - the Energy Challenge, panel 3 - Going Local
- Bookmarks (featuring OKC resources)
- Sign up sheet for our online newsletter (to be developed)
I even invited my sister-in-law, who still hasn't discovered quite how crazy I am. I am enticing her husband and my husband to come to the event by playing up the FREE BARBEQUE.
It's a big weekend for the energy transition in OKC! What's going on for Earth Day in your part of the world?