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Green Festival News

The Benefits of Plant-Based Living

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The plant-based diet is no longer a trend or for activists. In fact, word about its benefits is spreading to the masses, and in a big way. With the recent release of the documentary Forks Over Knives, coverage of plant-based diet health benefits by Oprah, Martha Stewart, Ellen, Dr. Oz and more, and the plethora of vegan cookbooks hitting shelves, there has been an awakening of ‘healing with food,’ and an abandoning of animal products by many.

In a recent survey conducted by Bon Appétit Management Company, it was found that over 13% of college students are vegetarian. If vegetarianism was a college major it would be the most popular major at all universities. Plant-based eating is not just a fad – it’s a lifestyle that is here to stay.

Calling All Young Environmentalists! Fun and games in the Green Kids' Zone

yogachildGreen Festival isn't just for adults - there's plenty to do for green kids too! Head to the Green Kids' Zone at Los Angeles Green Festival for fun crafts, sweet smarts Halloween adventures, stories, music and much more! Learn about your natural world, and why it is important to save forests, clean our rivers and oceans, preserve species, honor human rights and take care of Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants for generations to come!

Here are some of the fun and fabulous activities you will find in the Green Kids' Zone:

Statement in Support of Occupy Wall Street

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We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us. These include:

  • The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.
  • We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.
  • Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.
  • Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.
  • Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.

San Francisco Programming - A First Look

spectatorsTime flies, and the 10th Anniversary San Francisco Green Festival, November 12-13 at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center, is right around the corner! Excitement is building in the San Francisco community as we prepare to celebrate a ten-year milestone of local, regional, national and global solutions for social justice, ecological balance and a sustainable economy. A wealth of knowledge awaits every attendee, from practical tips to green your everyday life, to invaluable insights into our most pressing current environmental and societal issues, and fun and enriching ways to bring your family and friends together to help your local communities. Feature topics include Community Action, DIY at home, Green Building, Green Kids, Fair Trade, Green Careers, Sustainable Home and Garden, Green Business and much more. Here is a preview of some of the incredible speakers and programming that awaits you at Green Festival!

It's October - Happy Fair Trade Month!

ben-and-jerrys-fair-tradeCelebrate Fair Trade Month this October with Green Festival Partner - Ben & Jerry's!

Ben & Jerry's has made a significant commitment to Fair Trade ingredients and the global Fair Trade movement. They are in the process of converting ingredients to Fair Trade Certified globally where they feel they can have the greatest impact on improving the lives of farmers, strengthening communities and protecting the environment.

The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding - and to support local Vermont communities.

Fair Trade Month celebrates our purchasing power to make a difference in the world by supporting products that are sustainably created, ethically sourced and socially and environmentally responsible. Fair Trade Month celebrates those who support a market that fights poverty, protects the environment, builds sustainable businesses, empowers women and supports education.

Good for Your Wardrobe and Gentle on the Earth: Every-Day Eco-Fashion at Green Festival

ecofashion5Green Festival’s Everyday Eco-Fashion Show is an exciting look at how you can make eco-conscious clothing a part of your everyday life. Every person’s wardrobe has its own personality and this show will feature styles that fit perfectly into your closet!

Exhibitors will feature their newest trends of eco-friendly wear. Each exhibitor has a different inspiration and style to create clothing that is fabulous and fun while gentle on the earth in creation and production. This show will offer a diversity of looks and options including hemp, organic cotton and Fair Trade clothing.

Hemp is a popular trend in eco-fashion, known for the textile’s many benefits. The casual looks of Jungmaven and Dash Hemp will feature everyday looks for men and women with minimal environmental impact. Hemp uses less chemicals and resources than that of cotton clothing and provides a stylish and comfortable look all in one.

The Media Revolution at Green Festival

sierra-club-green-cinemaLos Angeles has an incredibly diverse and unique legacy in media. From the pioneering efforts of MySpace and the Huffington Post, to the rapid growth of Twitter and YouTube, and from TV and radio, to feature films, Los Angeles stands as one of America’s greatest hot spots of media content, innovation and community.

Green Festival is proud to unveil two brand new pavilions in Los Angeles: Sierra Club Presents: Media Revolution and Green Cinema and the Social Media Hub. Head to these communication hubs and spend time with a variety of media experts to find out about the latest in social media technologies and tactics; discuss the evolution of green in film; and gain real-life experience from industry leaders in social activism, blogging, website management and much more.

Help Spread the word…Plan to attend

audienceCome and celebrate Green Festival’s 10th Anniversary in a brand new city AND return to the city where it all started in 2001.

Join us at the first-ever Los Angeles Green Festival October 29-30, and our 10th San Francisco Green Festival November 12-13. Help spread the word to your friends, family and all contacts in Los Angeles and San Francisco so they don’t miss out!

Help spread the word …

Become a Facebook fan, follow us on Twitter and share posts, event invites and tweets! Keep up with us throughout each festival weekend by using the hashtag #greenfest.

Submit Your Idea to Receive a Community Green Grant in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Ford-Comm-Grant_Email-OnlinDo you have a brilliant, sustainable idea to benefit your community?

Ford Motor Company and Green Festival are awarding one $5,000 Community Green Grant at each 2011 Green Festival this year! No idea is too small or too big, but to be considered, the idea must be local, innovative and actionable.

The Community Green Grant encourages local non-profit organizations and community leaders to submit their sustainable, forward-thinking ideas to improve the environment or quality of life in their local community.

Stay updated, and Help Spread the Word!

gf-sf-announceLos Angeles Green Festival is quickly approaching! The Green Festival team has been hard at work programming 12 program rich stages and pavilions. This inspiring 2-day event will feature over 125 speakers and dozens of workshops, as well as Spanish language programming. Speaker bios and stage schedules are now online, including the fun and fabulous Green Kids’ Zone. Now is the time to plan your Green Festival weekend and spread the word about LA Green Festival to your friends, family and coworkers!

Still Time to Raise the Bar - The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company - 2011 Edition

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Global Exchange
International Labor Rights Forum

September 2011 marks the ten-year anniversary of when major chocolate companies, including Hershey, committed to ending child and forced labor in their cocoa supply chains1. However, hundreds of thousands of children in West Africa continue to labor on cocoa farms2 that provide the key ingredient for much of the chocolate consumed in the United States and around the world. 

It has also been one year since the Raise the Bar, Hershey! campaign released its first report evaluating Hershey’s corporate social responsibility policies, Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company. The report found that Hershey lagged behind its competitors in sourcing cocoa that had been independently certified to comply with international labor rights standards.