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Green Festival News

Celebrate Red, White, Blue and Green

GF-SF-GreenAmerican2Summer is here and one of America’s greatest holidays, Independence Day, is quickly approaching. As the nation celebrates its birthday with barbecues, parties, festivals and more, it is sometimes hard to be resource responsible, as well as take into account your friend's and family's differing tastes and diets. Here are several green and socially responsible companies to help you celebrate red, white, blue and green this 4th of July:

Green Gifts for a Happy Father's Day

fathers-daySunday, June 19th is Father’s Day, the day to celebrate the influence fathers and father figures have in our lives.

Sometimes it is a challenge to find the perfect socially responsible and eco-friendly gift to suit your dad’s interests. The Green Festival marketplace is here to help, with gift ideas for all green dads!

Whether your dad is a green building fan, works in an eco-friendly office or is king of the organic kitchen, Green Festival can help find the perfect present. Here are a few affordable and eco-friendly ways to say thanks to your green dad:

"Raise the Bar Hershey" Rally in Times Square NYC

kennedy-590x391Elizabeth O'Connell - Green America Fair Trade Program
Hershey "Raise the Bar" Campaign

Yesterday was a sizzling day to be in Times Square, and not just because it was 97 degrees and sunny! Students and others from across New York and even further came together in front of the Hershey store to say "What do we want? Fair Trade? When do we want it? Now!"

In fact, so many people showed up for the "Raise the Bar, Hershey" that we had to expand to both sides of Broadway. We shouted call and response chants from one side of the street to the other to make sure that everyone in Times Square could hear what we were asking for.

Students from Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, New Jersey and others came to the rally as a field trip, since they had been learning about social justice in their classrooms. Many of them had made posters with original messages like "Hershey Tastes Good, Feels Bad." See pictures from the rally here.

Thank You Seattle!

Seattle_KucinichGreen Festival continued its 10th Anniversary celebration at Qwest Event Center with enthusiasm and inspiration. Participants escaped the rainy weather to celebrate Seattle’s Green culture and share ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable world.

Thanks to Green America and Global Exchange, as well as every attendee, volunteer, exhibitor, partner and nonprofit ally who came together to make Seattle Green Festival a successful event!

Thank You Chicago!

chi-overviewGreen Festival continued its 10th Anniversary celebration year at McCormick Place May 14-15. Participants escaped the cold and rainy weather to eat, drink, stretch, shop and celebrate a growing green economy and the opportunity to embrace healthier, eco-conscious and socially-just lifestyles.

Thanks to Green America and Global Exchange, as well as every attendee, volunteer, exhibitor, partner and nonprofit ally whose efforts made Chicago Green Festival a great success! Thank you also to Lieutenant Governor Shiela Simon for opening the festival with an inspiring call to action for every Illinois resident. Here is what the Lt. Governor had to say about the promise of a greener future in the state of Illinois:

Thank You for an Amazing Spring

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Thank you for a wonderful Spring!

Click on the snapshot image above to see photos from San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle Green Festivals.

Summer is approaching and Green Festival is gearing up for another fun Festival Fall! Green Festival will visit New York October 1-2, Los Angeles October 29-30 and San Francisco November 12-13, so mark your calendars now!

Follow the Money

David Korten

David_KortenThank you Alisa Gravitz for the generous introduction and for another magnificent Green Festival. A new economy is essential the human future—and  the Green Festivals define its leading edge in thought and action.

Note that during my presentation Kat Gjovik and Fran Korten will be passing around sign-up sheets for the David Korten and YES! Magazine e-mail newsletters. The David Korten newsletter will keep you up to date on my activities and thinking. The YES! newsletter will keep you up to date on all the many powerful ideas and practical actions that are shaping a positive human future throughout the United States and the world.

We live in an interesting time. Whether it turns out to be a curse or a blessing depends on us. As you may have heard, today is a special day—Rapture Day. This is the day the chosen are lifted from Earth, from this life, to go to an afterlife in a faraway place of peace and plenty to live in loving relationship free from hunger, want, disease and violence. A beautiful vision.

Dennis Kucinich at Green Festival Seattle today

Green Festival continues today at Qwest with Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and more. Watch this exclusive interview with John Perkins for a preview of Rep. Kucinich's speech at Green Festival today.

Seattle Green Festival this Weekend!

seattle-overviewGet ready, because the Seattle Green Festival is this weekend, May 21-22 at Qwest Event Center!

Discounted tickets are still available online. The deadline for you to purchase your discount online tickets is Friday May 20th at 5pm PST. You can also purchase your tickets at the box office on Saturday and Sunday.

Ride your bike and use the Bike Valet, or take public transportation for discounted admission at the door! Students with ID and seniors also receive discounted admission. All Green America, Global Exchange and Sierra Club members get in free, as well as all city, state and federal government employees!  Visit your local Seattle Area Ford Dealer to receive complimentary Green Festival admission! A list of participating dealerships is available on the Green Festival Facebook Page.

There are so many new and exciting activities to be on the lookout for at Green Festival. Here are just a few highlights:

Vote for Your Favorite Finalist to Win Ford's $5,000 Community Green Grant in Seattle!

ford-green-grant-chicagoCome to Seattle Green Festival this weekend at Qwest Event Center and choose which sustainable, forward-thinking idea you want to win a $5,000 Community Green Grant from Ford! Your vote could be the deciding factor in who wins, so come to Green Festival this weekend, support these innovative, local nonprofits and vote!

At Chicago Green Festival last weekend,1455 Green Festival attendees voted, and the difference between first and second place was a mere 6 votes!The Chicago Green Festival Community Green Grant winner was the ScienceFIST foundation in partnership with Hanson Park School. Their project will install a handicap accessible vegetable garden for Hanson Park students to run. All vegetables grown will be distributed to local food cart vendors.

In a memorable moment that truly embodies the Green Festival community spirit, ScienceFIST founder Marc Hans decides to split the grant with all of the finalists: