Green Festival News

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!

Family Fun in the Green Kids' Zone

San_Francisco_KidsThis year, you will find a bigger and better Green Kids' Zone at Green Festival than ever before! Bring your family to Green Festival in San Francisco April 9 – 10 and enjoy fun for all ages! Fun and enriching kid’s activities include eco-carnival games, reptile encounters, wearable craft projects, yoga, Green Kids parade and much more. 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 water, eco-systems, animal species and habitats are worth saving.

Exhibitors: “More than a Marketplace”

Exhibitor_1_Teatulia"Green Festivals are the best. Basically, everyone who attends is interested in living as a whole human being--physically, intellectually and spiritually. You can see it in people's faces and you can feel the sense of community. It's so uplifting."  -Rob, Inner Traditions- Bear & Co.

Socially and environmentally responsible exhibitors make possible what Green Festival’s Green Marketplace is all about: a place to learn, share ideas and support the green movement with your dollars.