Green Festival News

Write Your Way to Social Change

WMD_cover_largeDayla Massachi - Writing for Community Success

Let’s face it. Virtually everyone working for a social or environmental cause has to do some writing at some point.

You may be like I am, and love committing words to paper. If so, you are always on the lookout for new ways to bring your writing to life.

Or, you may never have intended to become a writer at all. You may be one of the many people who got into this field for other important reasons: an interest and passion concerning a certain issue, an urge to give something back to your community or a perspective you want to share.

Either way, the fact remains - you may produce great work or come up with outstanding ideas, but if you present those achievements or thoughts poorly they will not get very far. Effective writing engages your readers, provokes their critical thinking and compels them to take meaningful action. It also leaves them wanting more. And the better you can do that, the deeper and broader your impact will be.

Shop at Rainbow Grocery for Your Free Admission

Color_Logo_smallWe are proud and excited to partner with Rainbow Grocery to offer FREE admission to anyone with a purchase from March 25 - April 10. Your receipt is your ticket!

Founded in San Francisco's Mission District in 1975 Rainbow Grocery Cooperative is the country's largest retail worker-owned cooperative and San Francisco's biggest independent natural foods store.

Speaker Highlight: Mark Hertsgaard

mark-hertsgaardFor twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and the Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived―a century earlier than forecast―with impacts bound to worsen for decades to come.  Hertsgaard’s daughter Chiara, now five years old, is part of what he has dubbed “Generation Hot”–the two billion young people worldwide who will spend the rest of their lives coping with mounting climate disruption.

Top 10 Exhibitors

GF-SEA-Equal-ExchangeGreen Festival is the most trusted event in the United States, representing thousands of authentic environmental and socially responsible businesses and organizations. Their passion and innovation has created a wonderfully diverse green economy that has fueled incredible Green Festival experiences for 1 million attendees, across the nation, over the past 10 years.

This blog will provide a sampling of what you can find at Green Festival this year! Information on every amazing Green Festival exhibitor can be found in the Exhibitor Directory.

Here are highlights of 10 impactful socially and environmentally conscious Green Festival exhibitors:

The ‘Climate’ Ride of a Lifetime

Rob-HansonRob Hanson - Green America

I am ready to take the longest ride of my life!

I will be joined by fellow Green Americans, on the bike ride of a lifetime this May 13 - 17, all for the purpose of taking action for the climate.

I followed the riders last year as they biked down the California coast and swore that I would do that someday!

Now, it’s my turn to take the torch and take on the NYC to WDC ride.

10 Reasons to Attend Seattle Green Festival

GF_SEA_Amory_lovins1. Hear and meet renowned authors, leaders, educators, activists and visionaries

Come and hear award winning journalists, NY times bestsellers, nationally acclaimed journalists and educational experts as they discuss today’s most pressing environmental and social issues and what we can do to create a more sustainable and socially just future.

2. Sing and dance through the cultures of the world.

Visit the Art, Music and Culture Stage and immerse yourself in a cultural experience from your heritage or others'. Enjoy and learn about music, art, craft, dance, poetry and song from a variety of cultural perspectives.

Speaker Spotlight: Sylvia Mendez

MENDEZ_SYLVIAOn February 15, 2011, President Barack Obama presented civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez with the Medal of Freedom. “She has made it her mission to spread her message of tolerance and opportunity to children of all backgrounds and all walks of life,” Obama said.

Sylvia Mendez is the daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, who fought so that Sylvia could have an equal education through the 1946 landmark court case Mendez v. Westminster.

Move Your Feet to the Beat

GF-SF-Music-StageWhat is that sound? It's the sound of sweet, soulful and rockin' tunes from Green Festival's musical performers! Head on over to the Music Stage throughout the weekend and bust a move to the rhythm of reggae, waves of world music, amazing acoustics or funky folklore.

Also, be sure to check out a very special Main Stage musical performance on Saturday at 5:30pm!

All of the amazing musicians performing at Green Festival do their part to make a a more eco-conscious and socially just world. Check out a sampling of sounds from the wonderful artists you will find at San Francisco Green Festival:

10 Reasons to Attend Chicago Green Festival

GF_Chicago_Panel1. Meet renowned authors, leaders, educators, activists and visionaries

Engage with award winning journalists, New York Times bestsellers, actors, innovators and educational experts as they discuss today’s most pressing environmental and social issues and what we can do to create a more sustainable and socially just future.

2. Learn what new green education programs and careers await you

Green business, sustainable technology and renewable energy are just some of the many quickly growing sectors in the job market. Get educated and find your place in the green economy!