Take a break from the Green Marketplace and step into a gallery filled with art, music and culture. Immerse yourself in all manner of artistic expression, from music and song to spoken word and storytelling. Plus, indulge your taste buds with a chocolate and coffee pairing. If you feel your creative juices flow, you can even participate in a wide variety of interactive art projects, as you learn about local and global environmental issues we currently face.
Green Festival News
“Going to where the silence is. That is the responsibility of a journalist: giving a voice to those who have been forgotten, forsaken, and beaten down by the powerful. The Exception to the Rulers.” – Amy Goodman
Award-winning journalist, Amy Goodman breaks through corporate media lies, sound-bites and silence with passionate reporting as host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 800 public television/radio stations worldwide. In 2002, Goodman enlightened attendees of the first-ever Green Festival with her presentation, “Independent Media in Time of War.” That same year, Democracy Now! became an independent nonprofit organization and has since grown to become the largest public media collaboration in the United States. Her latest bestseller, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. From community organizations in
Donning a sleek baseball cap and a swagger to match, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. bellows into a microphone, calling to action the hundreds of young people ready to take a stand for a healthy environment in front of the White House. The crowd raised their fists in the air, and all chanted after his lead, “One Planet, One Voice!” Showing his love for hip-hop culture and an enthusiasm for environmental justice, Rev Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, engages urban communities all over the country to join the fight in preserving the health of our planet.
Rev Yearwood is connected to environmental policy and the entertainment industry alike. He is able to develop trendy ways to go green. Moreover, he is devoted to urban youth and has created a new facet of the green movement. “Green Mojo” is what Rev Yearwood describes as the need for the green movement to further grow as a multiracial, cross-class force across the nation. Speaking truth to power, you can watch Rev Yearwood share his thoughts this Saturday at 2:30 PM on the Main Stage at Chicago Green Festival.
Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr.
Activist, President & CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus
Asthma rates in the United States have been steadily rising. Unfortunately, the youth are the ones that suffer the most. Across the board, children have higher rates of asthma than adults. African American children are especially susceptible. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, there has been a 50% increase in the rates of asthma for African American children during the past ten years. An estimated 17% of African American children now have the disease. Even though it is a common disease, many people undermine its lethality. The Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology also states that nine people a day die from asthma.
In and around
As the second largest public transportation system in North America, the RTA prides itself on providing a safe and comfortable ride around
Transit operated by the CTA, Metra and Pace in northeastern
Green Festival presents a new and exciting Green Kids Zone in Seattle this year! Bring your family to Green Festival in Seattle May 21-22 and enjoy two days of fun for all ages. Entertaining and enriching activities include fitness and yoga, Green Kids parade, creepin’ critters, arts and crafts and a special kids’ musical performance! Visit the Green Kid's Zone and meet Flow the Water Woman and Aquaman - these time travelers from a land far away will lead kids on a journey through the natural world as they learn to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as love and protect Mother Earth. Explore the wonder of the world and learn why it is important to protect and conserve water, eco-systems, animal species and habitats.
This weekend, at Chicago Green Festival, connect with change agent Jeffrey M. Smith, the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Jeffrey documents how the world’s most powerful Agriculture biotech companies bluff and mislead the public and put the health of our society at risk. Jeffrey has counseled world leaders from every continent, campaigned to end the use of Genetically Engineered (GE) bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST), and influenced the first state laws in the United States regulating GMOs.
The City of Chicago is embracing sustainable home and garden practices in 2011. Through its Sustainable Backyard Program, the City of Chicago is hosting a number of workshops, including: how to compost, how to conserve rainwater and how to plant trees, native plants and more. The Sustainable Backyard Program is also offering rebates to residents who use local resources to purchase trees, native plants, compost bins and rain barrels. In an effort to reduce smog, improve air quality, conserve water resources and improve overall health of the Chicago community, the City of Chicago is committed to making these resources available and affordable, with the goal of increasing both incentives and demand to fight climate change and preserve the regional natural habitat.
Green Festival is thrilled to partner with the City of Chicago to discuss local resources available for residents to make their homes and business locations more sustainable. Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) leader Anthony Lindsey will educate and engage attendees on some of the simple things that can be done at home to be more sustainable as it relates to installing rain barrels, composting, weatherizing homes and more.
Ida (Yunbai) Li, Fair Trade Intern
Elizabeth O’Connell, Fair Trade Program Coordinator
There are so many special days dedicated to celebrations around the world. Some days are more personal, like Mother’s Day; while others are communal like New Year’s Eve. The celebration of World Fair Trade Day provides the extraordinary opportunity to blend personal, communal with global implications. . World Fair Trade Day marks a day for the global community to unite in the advancement of social and just trade. It is also a personal invitation to consider sustainable consumption as it relates to our own individual habits and its effect on the global economy and worker conditions.
Corporate Responsibility Director
Become part of the STOP NUCLEAR Campaign. In light of the recent Fukushima disaster in Japan we have to send a strong message to Washington DC! Join Green America in mobilizing thousands of people to urge the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to suspend rulemaking on the proposed Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor.
While Japan is at still at least six to nine months away from containing its nuclear disaster at Fukushima, here in the US, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is fast-tracking a new reactor that could fail just as spectacularly.
Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day, the day we choose to celebrate the strong, wonderful women who give us life and nurture us throughout our lives.
When it comes to finding your green mama a special gift to show that you appreciate her raising you right, what better way than choosing a gift that is environmentally and socially conscious, and takes care of Mother Earth too!
Whether your mom is an eco-fashionista, an organic foodie or queen of the backyard garden, Green Festival can help. Here are a few affordable and eco-friendly ways to show your mom how much your care: