The Sustainable Living Roadshow
's Right to Know Tour, concluding its national four-month tour showcasing energy and food strategies to see the planet through the turbulence ahead (read: clean tech, eradication of genetically modified foodstuffs, and reimplementation of hemp in industry), occupied a small lot in San Antonio on Sunday.
Veggie-oil-powered buses provided the backdrop to the carnival where Mandala Ritual Artist Veronica Ramirez (above) led a small group in the construction of a natural mandala in the empty lot beside the Transit Gallery and the clean-tech outfit Renewable Republic
on the skirts of Southtown. Kiddos fished for recyclables (right, top) and converted dirty fuel icons like coal into clean-energy options such as solar at a bean-bag toss, original artwork was presented by Sara Barcus
, and food and music rounded out the mix.
SA's Cartographers played first, LA-based two-piece Gangi (right, middle) took the afternoon event to dusk, and Pop Pistol (right, bottom) brought on the darkness.
Hosted by Renewable Republic, in the business of solar hot-water heaters and photovoltaic solar, owner George "Skeet" Rapier said closing the event with deep discussions proved to be a "beautiful thing."
"These practice — expressing gratitude, hoping for peace, working together to make it — we don't really do in our suburban existence,” Rapier said.