The Eco-Olympics: Going for the Green

June 10, 2008

The L.A. County Fair is big on fun and deep-fried food, but we’re also proud of our educational element. There’s a reason why we call ourselves the World’s Largest Classroom! We offer education and entertainment for our own brand of “edu-tainment”! We’re also a Fair with a conscience, too. One of the attractions we’re pride of, and excited about, this year is Going Green – Making a World of Difference, presented by Mohr Power Solar Inc. Going Green is our eco-friendly exhibit that will feature displays, products and interactive activities for visitors of all ages.


Stepping inside Going Green will be like stepping into a lush rainforest with waterfalls and flowing plants. It will serve as the home to a 200-pound python, geckos, parrots and a sloth. I believe this may be the first time we’ve hosted a sloth. In the past we’ve had a zonkey (zebra-donkey hybrid) and last year a capybara (the world’s largest rodent), but never a sloth. The interactive exhibit, The Forest Journey, offers insight into the history of wood use throughout the world, and explores the relationship between forests and the use of trees while emphasizing the value of forest-friendly products. We’ll have an environmental magician, and Caring for the Land will offer important lessons in protecting California’s outdoor environment. Kids (and adults) will get to meet Smokey Bear, forest rangers, take a Tree ID quiz and go home with tree seedlings they can plant in their own backyard.


To go along with our Going Green theme, we thought we’d offer some simple tips, things that we can all do to save energy and help care for our world:

  • Turn off your computer when not in use (or use sleep mode)
  • Unplug electronics/appliances that aren’t in use
  • Use washable cloths instead of paper towels
  • Fix that drip!
  • Pack food in reusable plastic containers
  • Recyle, recycle, recycle!
  • Skip pesticides and use animals for bug eradication (install birdhouses to shelter birds who eat pests; put praying mantes and lady bugs in your garden to get rid of aphids)
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use reusable cloth grocery bags


These are all pretty effortless to do and don’t require any special equipment or tools. It is easy being green after all!

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