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“Military Goes Green” featured at Planet Earth Celebration

On Saturday, April 16, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh holds its 4th annual Planet Earth Celebration. This year, the Museum will be hosting a special presentation, “The Military Goes Green: Cutting Back on Fossil Fuels to Save Lives and Billions of Dollars,” at 1 pm in the main auditorium. Speakers include Ret. Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson, who headed up logistics — including fuel convoys — in Iraq for Gen. Petraeus for 15 months; Dave Heins, Chief of the Environmental Division and Directorate of Public Works, Fort Bragg; and Capt. Adorjan Ferenczy from the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab at Quantico. 

The presentation focuses on the U.S. Armed Services’ efforts to cut back on the use of fossil fuel, increase energy independence and efficiency, and save lives and money, effectively resulting in a lower military “carbon bootprint.” These efforts are also featured on “Earth: The Operators’ Manual,” an engaging one-hour television special that presents an objective, accessible assessment about climate change and sustainable energy. “Earth: The Operators’ Manual” will air on UNC-TV at 8 pm on Tuesday, April 12.

The Planet Earth Celebration will be held from 11 am to 5 pm inside and outside the Museum as well as on the State Capital grounds. This event will include live music from artists such as Chatham County Line and Don “The Junkman” Knaack, discounted products at the Burt’s Bees tent sale, food from local vendors, and Earth-friendly products from local shops. There will also be fun activities for the whole family, such as the Trash March and Urban Tumbleweed Behemoth Bowling. The free event will proceed rain or shine.

PLEASE NOTE: The Planet Earth Celebration is a large public event. If you are planning to come to the presentation at 1pm, please allow ample time to find available parking.

For more information on the Planet Earth Celebration, visit www.planetearthcelebration.com.