Monday, November 10, 2008

Green Festival

Green Festival, the nation’s largest green consumer living event will take place in San Francisco on November 14, 15, & 16, 2008 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center and the Giftcenter Pavilion Theater.

The festival will highlight economic and environmental sustainability issues that have been so relevant in headlines and town halls across the nation. A joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than twenty-five years, Green Festival is a forum to explore and build sustainable solutions for communities and the environment. The San Francisco Green Festival will host 150 visionary speakers, 400 local and national green businesses, and dozens of community and nonprofit groups. Green Festival attendees will explore the latest in clean technology, green building, socially responsible investing, eco-fashion, renewable energy, green careers/green collar jobs, natural foods, groundbreaking films, eco-tourism and the perfect place to pick up economical, meaningful holiday gifts.

Kicking off the 2008 San Francisco Green Festival on Friday, November 14th at the Giftcenter Atrium is the Word to the Mother (Earth) event. Prominent social justice veterans and hip-hop pioneers will headline, including Chuck D, legendary leader of Public Enemy, Mutabaruka, Jamaica’s revolutionary dub poet, and Drew Dillinger, a spoken word poet, professor, activist, and founder of Poets for Global justice. Dr. Cornel West, best-selling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters, will talk about his latest book, Hope on a Tightrope. Bay Area green-economy expert and advocate Van Jones will speak in his hometown about how “Green Collar Jobs” can save the polar bears while solving the US financial crisis. TED speaker and New York Times bestselling author of “How to Get Your Brain to do What You Want it to do”, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, will also present, as well as award winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman.

Green Festivals take place in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, and Denver and saw over 170,000 guests in combined attendance in 2007. To reduce the impact of the event on the environment, those who arrive by bicycle are offered reduced admission along with valet bike parking.

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