1) Numerous musicians
gave a festive vibe to the Rally for Clean Energy Jobs Wednesday.
Hundreds of people attended the event, which included speakers from the
Sierra Club and Students for Sustainability Coalition. Many green
companies and environmental nonprofit organizations set up tables to
advertise and network.
2) Attendees had an
opportunity to "clean" coal barons by dunking them. The barons were
volunteers dressed in tuxedos, and top-hats resembling smoke stacks.
They roamed in the crowd and satirically heckled clean energy
3) Numerous local
groups tabled at the July 29 rally, arriving in buses from around
Michigan to pressure legislators for more green energy and a freeze on
building coal plants.
4 and 5) Attendees held
signs protesting Michigan's use of coal energy. Of the eight power
plants proposed in Michigan in the past few years, two have been
defeated, in part, from environmental activism.
Four Elements Energy, a small consulting, design, and installation firm
was one of a handful of green companies that had a table at Wednesday's
event. Less than one year old, it specializes in solar, wind and
hydropower systems for homes, municipalities and small businesses.