TELL US: Earth Day festivalgoers share why they go green

Sunday, April 22, 2012 | 9:06 p.m. CDT; updated 10:24 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — Columbia residents came to Peace Park for the Columbia Area Earth Day festival Sunday to celebrate the planet, learn about sustainability and eat kettle corn. Here is what some people said about why they celebrate Earth Day and what they're doing to be more energy-efficient.


G. Arthur Pollard came to the Columbia Area Earth Day festival Sunday on his preferred mode of energy-efficient transportation, a recumbent bike. “I got a car, but it’s way more trouble than it’s worth,” Pollard said.
Drew Cassil and his daughter Aηe’ven Cassil observe chickens at the Earth Day festival Sunday. “Earth Day is the day to celebrate the world around us that humans are continually trashing – a day to step back and say stop trashing it,” said Drew Cassil.
Northern Cherokee Indian Brent Cook shows off his pride in traditional Cherokee regalia on Earth Day on Sunday with his son, Jessie.
Jessica Repa watched the Earth Day performances in Peace Park on Sunday with her son, Marlin, who is almost 1 year old. “We try to walk as much as we can,” Repa said. “And we’re going to get chickens soon to reduce transportation costs of eggs.”
Krista Galyen has been trying to come to the Earth Day festival for three years. She brought her son Alexander Menter said she came to Earth Day because, “Look at it,” she said. “What a fun event with all the activities for kids.”
From left, Karen Heywood, Katelyn Morrow, Alex Heywood, Kalia Heywood, Shalia Heywood and Lucas Heywood visited booths at the Columbia Area Earth Day Festival on Sunday. “We recycle,” Shalia Heywood said.
Rosemary Lewis and her dog, Isaac, got a lot of attention for Isaac’s size and big, thick fur from other festivalgoers on Earth Day. “I have a lady who takes his hair and makes clothes out of it,” Lewis said.
Gay Litteken holds her grandson, Duran, at the Earth Day festival Sunday in Columbia. “We’re outdoorsy people,” Litteken said. “We’re learning a lot about outdoorsy things.”
Jasmine Weston said she hopes the city of Columbia takes more advantage of solar energy in the future.
Jamie Smith helps her daughter Cassidy Menninger walk with stilts at the Earth Day festival in Peace Park on Sunday. Smith has been coming to the festival for about 13 years. “It’s just about everything (Earth Day) stands for,” she said. “Especially sustainability for the future.”
Steve and Kristi Powell said they came to the Earth Day festival Sunday to watch their son, Michael, sing with the Stephens College Children’s School Group. “We planted a tree in the yard last week,” Kristi Powell said.
Keith Nowak, Maria Kemp, Shelby Novinger, Alanis Hoban attend the Earth Day Festival Sunday in Peace Park. Nowak said he is making a more concerted effort to pick up cigarette butts and thought the festival was especially neat because it gives vendors a chance to show products that make the Earth more sustainable compared to just recycling or being more energy-conscious. “It’s Earth Day, who wouldn’t enjoy it,” said Novinger said.

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