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Speaker Spotlight: Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr.

rev_yearwoodDonning 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.

Hip Hop Vs. Pollution

hip_hop_revReverend 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.

Green Matters in the Regional Transit System

s-CTA-large_1In and around Chicago, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) gets you where you’re going with three transit operators: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus and rail system, Metra commuter rail, and Pace suburban bus service. 

As the second largest public transportation system in North America, the RTA prides itself on providing a safe and comfortable ride around Chicago and all over northeastern Illinois. The RTA takes environmental concerns seriously and works to provide transit that is energy efficient and utilizes clean energy whenever possible.

Transit operated by the CTA, Metra and Pace in northeastern Illinois is responsible for keeping over 5 million metric tons of carbon out of the environment – that is equivalent to over 1 million cars. Since 2005, the region’s transit system has become more emissions efficient. Emissions per vehicle mile have been reduced emissions by almost 4%.

Fun for the Family in the Green Kids' Zone

seattle-kids-zoneGreen 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.

Speaker Spotlight: Jeffrey Smith

jeffsmithThis 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. 

City of Chicago: Sustainable Homes and Backyards for All Residents

chicago_dep_environmentThe 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.

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day!

fair_trade_basketsIda (Yunbai) Li, Fair Trade Intern
Elizabeth O’Connell, Fair Trade Program Coordinator
Green America

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.

STOP Nuclear!

stop_nuclearTodd Larson
Corporate Responsibility Director
Green America

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.

5 Gifts for Your Green Mama

GF-MotherSunday, 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:

Fun for the Whole Family in the Green Kids' Zone

gf-chicago-child-turtleGreen Festival presents a new and exciting Green Kids Zone in Chicago this year! Bring your family to Green Festival in Chicago May 14-15 and enjoy two days of fun for all ages. Entertaining and enriching activities include animal and insect encounters, yoga, Green Kids parade and even a veggie farm in a truck! 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.

Speaker Spotlight: John Perkins - The Economic Insider & Master Storyteller

JohnPerkinsJohn Perkins, author, advisor, advocate, and much admired change agent continues to contribute to improving our world. He challenges us to soar to new heights, away from predatory capitalism and into an era more transformative than the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. His writings detail specific steps each of us can take to create a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.

As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies.