On Saturday, July 14th, 2012, three members of the Human Impacts Institutes’s (HII) team set up camp in the middle of hot and sunny Grand Street in Brooklyn to take part in the Grand Street Business Improvement District’s Weekend Walk Block Party, the biggest block party in East Williamsburg. The block party had an eclectic mix of activities including DJ’s, bands, free dance lessons, silkscreen printing demonstrations, a “fresthentic” art exhibition, sidewalk cafes, ping-pong, children’s activities, face painters, bicycle demonstrations, and areal art entertainment.
The HII Team provided a creative outlet for children to express their thoughts and ideas about the future of their environment. Among the chalk artwork were airplanes, trees, grass, sunny days, flowers, robots, spaceships and messages of love and hope. One young artist used her time to write a message to all those living on earth. It read, “Help save Earth.”
HII also provided seeds and soil so that children could take home a clover or lettuce plant. This gives kids an opportunity to take action and become stewards of the environment by planting their very own plants in the community. The kids were also able to customize their plant by drawing a picture, writing a message or their name on a piece of recycled paper. The kids were very exited to have seedlings to care for and they kept coming back for more!
We were also going around asking consumers to sign our HII Consumer A/C pledge, as part of our Cool Business initiative of our Ecopreneurs program. The idea is that consumers will pledge to shop only in stores who keep their doors and windows closed when the AC is on and ask neighboring businesses to close their doors. This will greatly reduce the amount of energy that businesses consume and will also lower their energy bills. The response from consumers was very positive.
All in all, everyone greatly enjoyed their experience at the Weekend Walk Block Party. It didn’t matter if you were 8 or 80, there was something for everyone.
Be sure to come out and visit us at Grand St. this weekend, on Saturday July 21st, from 4-6pm, for the second, and last, Weekend Walk Block Party of the season!
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Dominique Murray, Human Impacts Institute, Environmental Services Intern