What I Learned for Earth Day!
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I learned a lot at the 40th anniversary of Earth Day at a green lifestyle expo in New York City recently. It was a blast!
I got to see the only highway-capable electric automobile currently for sale. The Tesla Roadster is an amazing sports car. It's an all-electric car, has zero emissions, and is very fast. The Roadster's 0–60 mph acceleration time is 3.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 125 mph and weighs about 2,700 pounds.
The Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells. Compared to a regular car, the Roadster has a much simpler motor. It is powered by an electric motor that weighs about 70 pounds. It is amazing that such a small motor can produce so much speed.
The Tesla Roadster is an example of how eco-friendly technology can be stylish, fun, and cool. I felt like I was riding in a superhero car. It’s truly a green car, it gets about 236 miles per charge at a cost of about $5.
After I enjoyed the electric sports car, I ate the most wonderful treats made by Chef Sandy Kraehling of the Pan Latin Cafe. Chef Kraehling is known for her nutritious, organic, Latin-inspired foods, beverages, and specialty items from every corner of the Latin world. She was not only serving lunch at the expo but also educating the public about eco-friendly and healthy food choices and cooking methods.
I also learned about the health benefits of green cleaning. Dino Leva, president of Green Residential Cleaning and David Kistner, the founder of Green Apple Cleaners both explained to me how harmful chemicals are common in general consumer cleaning product, home construction, and clothing. By using more ecologically-friendly products and services, including green cleaning technology and products, we may be able to reduce health risks by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals.
What have you learned about how to live a more eco-friendly life-style this Earth Day? Send in your comments below!
PHOTO: (TOP)The lithium-ion batteries in the Tesla Roadster cost only $5 per 236 miles to operate. (BOTTOM) Kid Reporter Cecilia Gault with David Kistner, the founder of Green Apple Cleaners, and his hybrid car. Green Apple Cleans not delivers dry cleaning in an eco-car, it cleans clothes in an environmentally friendly manner. (Photos Courtesy Cecilia Gault)