Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman Speaks on Main Stage at Chicago Green Festival - Sunday May 6th, 3 pm

From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street; from the front lines of death row prisons to the COP17 Climate Change Summit in South Africa, Democracy Now! brings audiences to the frontlines of the world's most pressing and under-reported issues and events. Democracy Now! reported live from the three recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Cancún, Copenhagen, and Durban and the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010. We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues – including Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Van Jones, Vandana Shiva, and Helen Caldicott.

An essential international news source, Democracy Now! is known for its in-depth coverage of grassroots movements — including those organizing to confront the root causes of global warming, advocate for climate justice, and provide sustainable alternativesClick here to watch Democracy Now!’s reporting on the disaster in Japan following a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami and the resulting nuclear crisis, or watch reports on the environmental and health effects of natural gas and oil drilling.

In March, Amy Goodman interviewed Chicago resident Leila Mendez, a member of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization, about the city’s plans to close two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal plants. For more than a decade, residents near the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants had complained of the pollution, saying the mercury and carcinogenic particulate matter aggravates asthma and potentially other illnesses. "In my community, the people were afraid," says Mendez, who lives near the Fisk coal plant and has experienced health ailments. "They felt they didn’t have a voice. But we proved that we do have a voice, when we unite."

Each day, Democracy Now! is broadcast live from a LEED-platinum certified  television/radio/internet studio – the first in the United States. The 10,000-square-foot space received the highest level of green building certification thanks to a concentrated effort to use recycled materials, locally sourced materials and energy-saving practices and technology.

Democracy Now! kept exposed concrete flooring and brick walls, reusing of 62 percent of the interior, non-structural components in the space. Radiators were restored; external windows became interior office partitions.  All of the furniture and furnishings were reused or salvaged, including sofas, filing cabinets, work stations, and chairs. New wood purchases, including bookshelves and window ledges, came from sustainably grown and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Recycled blue jean insulation used to provide sound installation in the broadcast studio; Tectum, an environmentally neutral material effective for sound absorption was installed in the ceiling.  Water efficient, low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed, which resulted in an estimated 33 percent reduction in water usage required by building code.

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