TREEHUGGERS IN THE OC
By John Grafman
Going green means saving the green, in more way than one. Ford understands, and
so does GM. Both of these domestic manufacturers have a clear understanding of
what we need: Efficient cars, clean skies, and green trees.
Far away from the city lights of Orange County are the unspoiled hills of
Santiago Canyon. This late afternoon turns out to be the perfect day to hold the
4th annual Treehuggers' Ball. The triple-digit heat offers up a small preview of
what global warming may entail on a mild day. While air conditioner
manufacturers might find this acceptable, the rest of us have a different
GMC Yukon Two-Mode Hybrid
Saving the hills of Santa Ana is the purpose of the Treehuggers' Ball. One drive
through the picturesque canyons and it can make a nature lover out of any
cityphile. Besides the plants and trees creating a landscape reminiscent of the
unspoiled west, it also offers a little something more.
Saving the world, as we know it is really a two-prong approach, we need to
reduce additional CO2s from products like cars, and we need to retain our
forests and hills, not to mention rainforests and our aquatic plant life.
The hundreds on hand at this event, which is gaining more momentum every year,
get a double dose saving the hills and the world. Besides the awareness courtesy
of Mother Nature at the Blackhorse Canyon location, the sponsors provide real
world options, which everyone can use in their effort to save the world.
Ford Focus PZEV
The Ford Focus PZEV, a partial zero emissions vehicle, is a cleaner burner
internal combustion engine. Coming up in '09 is the same car with even further
range on each and every gallon of gas.
On display alongside the Ford is a GM offering that also is a step forward. The
GMC Yukon Two-Mode Hybrid also extends the range of the product by utilizing
electric power to supplement the traditional engine. Less fuel consumed means
less pollution coming out of the tailpipe each and every mile.
But the event offers more with edibles, and entertainment from several musical
groups that have love for the hills. What the Treehuggers' Ball really offers is
a place for like-minded individuals to meet and discuss the latest ideas and
trends for going green, and even an opportunity to throw around rumors of the
latest upcoming advancements in transportation, like the 200mpg plus production
vehicles from Aptera. Now that's food for thought.