“Although San Francisco is green on a daily basis–we have the highest recycling and composting rate of U.S. cities–Earth Day is still a special occasion for us to celebrate nature and the environment. The annual, internationally recognized Earth Day is April 22, but the weekends before and after in San Francisco are busy with Earth-Day-inspired festivities as well. In this guide, find Earth Day activities in San Francisco and the Bay Area, listed in chronological order.”
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“We will never have as much money as the oil companies, so we need a different currency to work in, we need bodies, we need creativity, we need spirit.”
“That was one of my favorite lines from the rousing speech Bill McKibben delivered to a packed DC Convention Center on Saturday night. He was addressing the thousands of students and activists that turned out to join the climate and clean energy movement at Powershift 2011 — and he certainly succeeded in riling up the audience. That very crowd would go on to (peacefully) take Washington DC by storm today. It’s important to pay attention to what the esteemed environmentalist is saying here, as this speech adroitly outlines both the nature and scale of the obstacles climate action faces, as well as McKibben’s vision for a path forward.”
Celebrate Earth Day at the Civic Center Plaza, Downtown San Francisco • April 23, 2011 • 10 am to 6 pm
Enjoy live music by Sila Afro-Funk, Sun Ra, Barry “The Fish” Melton, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with members of ALO & The Mother Hips, Ashel Eldridge, Scott Huckabay, Afrolicious, Joanne Rand, Alex Arndt, DJ Jimmy Love and more.
Participants will enjoy a wide variety of musicians, performers, expert speakers & activists on three stages and in the speaker’s tent. Visit exhibits, explore hands-on activities, workshops and solution-based talks in the Permaculture Zone, Alternative Energy Zone and Holistic Wellness Zone. Kids’ activities include a playground on-site, face painting, educational games and art from the Sustainable Living Roadshow featured in the Youth and Kids Zone.
Raw Bay Area and Best of Raw present a full-day Sustainable Feast Raw Gourmet Food Prep Demo Series in the Holistic Wellness Zone. Massage therapists, Green Film, organic beer and wine tasting, cutting edge eco fashion shows, alternative vehicle showcase and many more highlights complete this diverse cultural extravaganza.
Join leading members of the business and indigenous communities, artists and artisans, civic community leaders, local “eco-green” politicians, traditional ceremony keepers, workshop leaders, eco-green & youth activists and environmental & social justice organizations in a holiday to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. The event will be opened and closed with traditional ceremony to honor all life and planet we all share.
The founders of Earth Day SF are Green Zone Productions , One World-One Voice and Empowerment Works, the Presenting Sponsor is Santa Cruz Organic and the event is produced in cooperation with the National Organization for Women, Living Mandala, Solar Living Institute, Raw Bay Area, Visionary Culture, Sustainable Living Roadshow, and with the support of Harmony Festival, Global Exchange, Green Festivals, Earth Island Institute, 350.org, Green Kids, Teens Turning Green, Grind for the Green / Green For All, Hope and Beyond and more.
This Earth Day is occurring on the heels of some major climate events, toxic threats, species extinctions and just a few days after the one year mark of the BP oil spill. Much progress has been made and much more remains to be done. Together, we can and must co-create solutions to these issues as stewards of our planet.
Join Alice at the 10th Annual San Francisco Green Festival April 9 & 10 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco! While you’re there check out visionary speakers, over 300 green businesses and a Green Kid’s Zone. Plus the brand new DIY station that teaches you how to grow your own food, install solar panels on your house and compost your leftovers! The SF Concourse Exhibition Center is located at 635 8th Street (at Brannan). For tickets and details visit www.greenfestivals.org.
“Google is never one to be left behind in the cold, especially when it comes to innovative green transportation initiatives. The search engine powerhouse has been dabbling in everything from a network of human-powered monorails to self-driving robot cars, but it’s their latest idea that’s really got us excited. Last week, Google added plug-in vehicle charging station locations to its ever-popular U.S. mapping service, Google Maps. Google has teamed up with the U.S. government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to display chargers listed on its GeoEVSE Forum. So where’s the closest charger in your ‘hood?”
Google Maps Now Indicates Electric Vehicle Charging Stations via Diane Pham – Inhabitat
NRDC Obtains Carbon Offsets to Highlight Need for Clean Energy Agenda
WASHINGTON D.C. – January 25, 2011 Tonight will be rich in symbolism, as Democrats and Republicans mingle among the seats in the House chamber during President Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
In another symbolic gesture, NRDC has ensured that not one gram of carbon dioxide pollution will remain in the atmosphere as a result of the president’s motorcades tonight between the White House and the Capitol.
That’s because NRDC has purchased “offsets” to make the round-trip carbon neutral — a first for a State of the Union presidential motorcade.
“Offsetting the president’s motorcades is meant to put on tonight’s agenda an awareness of the need to move America more vigorously toward a clean-energy economy, and that personal actions matter,” said Peter Lehner, executive director of NRDC.
“The president will tell us that nothing is more urgent than reviving our economy. We can put millions of Americans back to work by investing in renewable fuels and greater energy efficiency. A clean-energy agenda will boost our economy and strengthen safeguards that protect our health, our waters, our lands and the air we breathe.”
To ensure a carbon-neutral motorcade, NRDC has purchased renewable energy carbon offsets through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit foundationspecializes in carbon “offsets,” which are credits that anyone can buy to compensate for or lessen their carbon dioxide pollution imprint. The credits fund projects that create a reduction of, or capture, carbon dioxide pollution somewhere else.
“This is no substitute for reducing the emission of carbon dioxide pollution,” Lehner said. “But offsets can raise awareness and show that we all should act to do what is possible.”
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit www.nrdc.org
“Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated an environmental milestone on Thursday, confirming what had been predicted for much of last year: the Department of Water and Power managed to secure 20% of its power from renewable sources, including wind and solar power, in 2010.”
“The iconic Empire State Building, undergoing a multimillion-dollar green renovation, announced Thursday that it will buy wind power for all its electricity.”