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Kinnelon Celebrates Earth Day at Pearl Miller School

Annual Fair features services, products and efforts for preserving the planet.

Kinnelon Conserves held its sixth annual Earth Day Fair at Saturday. The event offered scientific exhibits, eco-friendly products and services by vendors throughout New Jersey, Karate demonstrations, refreshments and opportunities to help make the planet a healthier place to live.

Avery Hart, co-founder of Kinnelon Conserves, said her organization works to bring community awareness to environmental issues.

“We try to really boost people’s awareness of the small changes that they can make that make big changes to our big, hurting world,” Hart said.

Tables featured a variety of practical, beautiful and unusual crafts. Business owners included a mother of four who crochets baskets and pet items out of used t-shirts, a high school student who raises chickens as pets, and a mosaic artist who holds classes in her home.

A nonprofit group advocating for a ban on “fracking,” explained how this method of extracting gas and oil from the ground is linked to climate change and extreme weather. They invited the public to join an international day of action, called "Climate Impacts Day," on Saturday, May 5 at different locations around the globe. Information about this event, sponsored by 350.org, can be found on their website.

According to Hart, the Earth Day Fair is not about fundraising, but rather a day of awareness.  

“Our focus has never been on money,” Hart said. “Our focus is on the earth. We have no dues. We are 100 percent grass roots; volunteer run. We’re not a 501(c)(3). We’re just a bunch of people who like to promote eco-awareness.” 

Lorri Berrios April 30, 2012 at 06:25 PM
A great event to be at and wonderful coverage of the days events.
Ellen Oxild April 30, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Thanks for your comment, Lorri. I'm glad you liked our coverage. You have come up with a really creative and practical way to repurpose old shirts into beautiful, unique items. Great job!
Eleanor Parr-DiLeo May 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Hi Ellen! It was great meeting you Saturday. I had a nice time talking to everyone and learning of new way to cool the earth. Thanks for covering the event. How do I tag myself in the pictures? I couldn't find you on Face book either.
Ellen Oxild May 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Hi Eleanor. Your name appears by the photo that features your mosaic work. You can email me for more information by clicking on my name above the article. -Ellen

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