WELCOME TO SAN FRANCISCO’S Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration!
On April 19th, up to 10,000 people from the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond, will converge atU.N. Plaza/ Civic Center to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco 2013. The event will feature three stages of Multi-Cultural Music and Performance, Renowned Keynote Speakers, Interactive D.I.Y. Workshops, Green-Economy and Businesses Info, Representatives from Indigenous Community Leaders, Civic Agencies,Youth Empowerment Groups, Green Tech Info,Fashion Industry Leaders, Religious Leaders, and Prominent ‘Eco-Green’ Political Officials.
The public is promised a fantastic day with exposure to various informative & interactive learning experiences, such as Green Jobs Info, Green Film Festival, Cutting-Edge Eco-Fashion Shows & Eco Artist Grove, Organic Food Cooking Demos, a Huge Green Kids Zone & Eco-Carnival.
Join Musicians and Performers, Educators and Mentors, Artists and Artisans, Crafts People, Civic and Community Leaders, Ceremonialists, Workshop Leaders, Youth Activists and Social Justice Non-Profit Organizations, in this powerful full-on day of green sustainability solutions.This year’s festival focuses on activating the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions and integrate these sustainable practices into everyday life. Designed to empower the people of the Bay Area Community, and beyond, to start individually and collectively addressing the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face,.
Earth Day San Francisco is a partner and fiscally sponsored by The Park Trust Alliance [www.sfparksalliance.org] and will host the following amazing array of activities:
ØInternationally Recognized Speakers: Dolores Huerta [United Farm Workers of America VP] ,Dr.Margaret D. Lowman [Cal Academy of Sciences ], Stacy Malkan [Co-Founder of Campaign Right to know G.M.O labeling ], Sarah Hodgdon [Conservation Director, Sierra Club], and many more, will grace our stage and engage the public in stimulating and educational discussion.
ØEco-Fashion Shows: Top Earth-Friendly Designers and Youth Fashion Groups display Earth-Friendly Fashion throughout the day.
ØEco-Exhibitors : More than 80 Earth-Friendly Products, Green-Fashion, and Handmade Crafts
ØOrganic Food & Beer Court: Healthy Food and Organic Beer served throughout the day
ØGreen D.I.Y. Zone: This hands-on ‘Do it yourself’ Section will feature classes in converting your car to electric power, building a solar oven, building your own bike, and many other family fun activities.
ØPermaculture Zone: Presenting an exciting array of ongoing creations and workshops with Permaculturist Max Meyers, Living Mandala’s Jay Ma, Gray Water/Rainwater Demos, Cob Hut Creation, Earth Mandala, Worm Farm Workshop, Urban Gardening, Common Vision Tree Grafting Intro, and a Vertical Garden Installation.
ØClean Energy Zone- Electric Car Showcase, Bio-Diesel and Demos on Wind, Water and Solar-Driven Energy (as well as a few Eco-Art Cars).
ØYouth in Action Zone: Leaders from Green Youth-in-Action Groups, such as “Teen-Turn Green”, “Challenge Day”,Generation Wake Up and many others, speak out on Cutting-Edge Environmental Topics
ØJOIN Thousands IN A ‘CALL TO ACTION’!!! : Our Climate Action Rally leaves from Justin Herman Plaza and joins the Earth Day Festival at 1 PM . Let your voice be heard on April 19th 2014 at U.N. Plaza
This year, our theme is 'A Call to Action' and we invite the public to join our many festival friends, eco-green nonprofits, cutting edge innovators, green activists, artists, workshop leaders and progressive civic leaders to rally in solidarity in protecting and preserving Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.
In conjunction with The Earth Day San Francisco (EDSF) Sat. April 19th Festival, we will conduct a March/Parade (from Justin Herman Plaza to the main EDSF Festival at the UN Plaza) and Rally (on the Main Stage, estimated for 30 minutes).
Earth Day is the single largest day of environmental action, and this year, the SF theme is "ACTION", with a suggestion to have a "Call to Action" theme in the parade. Last year 8000 attended EDSF, aiming for 10,000 this year- all candidates for the march. The main goals are to broaden the base of people in the Bay Area who take some action to support the climate, and make a media statement through numbers that there is a broad climate movement. EDSF is suggesting to the ED Network (EDN.org) to stream events at 1pm across the world.
There is a suggestion that rather than just a "standard" march that it emphasize themes/message(s) with artistic visuals or small floats and be in sections, like
·Why (Children's Brigade and faith groups),
·Environmental Justice (Impacted Communities, Health impacts of Fossil Fuels),
·Problems/Dangers (Weather, Big Oil) and
·Solutions (Solar, Wind, Bikes, Mass Transit and Electric Vehicles(EV's)).
Concurrent EV and Bicyclists parades are proposed.
1-lane permit, 1 lane traffic. Monitors to be trained. Possible follow-on program at another stage. Probable Pre-events (rallies, marches) and feed-ins from local groups across the Bay Area.
350 San Francisco and 350 Bay Area is co-sponsoring. 350SiliconValley and 350Marin likely to (strongly) support. We have tribal knowledge/experience to leverage. Combining Outreach (to groups) and Program (speaker recruitment) with the 350BA Spring Climate Conference (May 10th) in conjunction with Sunflower Alliance. Sierra Club very likely on board to at least publicize.
The March is happening. Outreach is just beginning. This is an ALL-CALL for all groups supporting the climate. Great opportunity to deliver a "Call to Action" and specific messages to the public & media, for:
·Why: Moral Imperative of parents, youth and faith groups
·Labor and Community Environmental Injustice: to disadvantaged communities and workers
·Problems of Carbon Pollution, and Big Oil Expansion including KeystoneXL, KXL-By-Rail, and fracking, etc
·Non-carbon solutions: Solar, Wind, Electric Vehicles, Bicycles, Carbon Fee, etc
We all need your support to make The Earth Day Parade a significant statement.
Contact: Rand Wrobel (email@example.com, 510.914-2349) or Sara Greenwald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Earth Day San Francisco 2014 Mission Statement is:
"to connect & activate people with the Ideas & Actions to preserve and protect the Planet and it's inhabitants."
This years theme, inspired by our Mission, is "A Call to Action." With that in mind, we have gathered 9 Earth Friendly Issues - the "Ideas that we can Activate through our Actions," and all pledge to practice in our daily lifestyle, which are:
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
This definition was created in 1987 at the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission). It is enshrined in the Swiss federal constitution. It is similar to the “seventh generation” philosophy of the Native American Iroquois Confederacy, mandating that chiefs always consider the effects of their actions on their descendants seven generations in the future.
In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly "green."
The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders -- is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.
What are the benefits of LEED certification?
LEED certification, which includes a rigorous third-party commissioning process, offers compelling proof to you, your clients, your peers and the public at large that you've achieved your environmental goals and your building is performing as designed. Getting certified allows you take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives, and can help boost press interest in your project.
The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction -- Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum -- that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. LEED standards cover new commercial construction and major renovation projects, interiors projects and existing building operations. Standards are under development to cover commercial "core & shell" construction, new home construction and neighborhood developments.
The field of "green technology" encompasses a continuously evolving group of methods and materials, from techniques for generating energy to non-toxic cleaning products.
The goals that inform developments in this rapidly growing field include:
Sustainability - meeting the needs of society in ways that can continue indefinitely into the future without damaging or depleting natural resources. In short, meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
"Cradle to cradle" design - ending the "cradle to grave" cycle of manufactured products, by creating products that can be fully reclaimed or re-used.
Source reduction - reducing waste and pollution by changing patterns of production and consumption.
Innovation - developing alternatives to technologies - whether fossil fuel or chemical intensive agriculture - that have been demonstrated to damage health and the environment.
Viability - creating a center of economic activity around technologies and products that benefit the environment, speeding their implementation and creating new careers that truly protect the planet.
There are many benefits to recycling. Between 17 and 31 trees are saved for every ton of 100% recycled paper purchased, says Recycled Papers, The Essential Guide by Claudia Thompson, published by the MIT Press.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists some of the positive impacts of recycling that go far beyond trees. These include:
Protecting and expanding U.S. manufacturing jobs
Reducing the need for landfilling and incineration
Preventing pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials, including keeping 60 pounds of air pollution out of the atmosphere for every ton of 100% recycled paper used
Saving energy from natural resource extraction
Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change
Conserving natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals for future generations
Recycling is an important part of resource recovery but the benefits are not fully realized until consumers favor products with recycled content when shopping. Consider purchasing products made with recycled content to help sustain a viable market for recovered materials like plastic, fabric, glass and paper. Recycling is just one step in conserving resources, but it goes hand in hand with asking manufacturers to use recovered materials in their products, and to use less material in their packaging.
"Agriculture has changed dramatically, especially since the end of World War II. Food and fiber productivity soared due to new technologies, mechanization, increased chemical use, specialization and government policies that favored maximizing production. These changes allowed fewer farmers with reduced labor demands to produce the majority of the food and fiber in the U.S.
Although these changes have had many positive effects and reduced many risks in farming, there have also been significant costs.P rominent among these are topsoil depletion, groundwater contamination, the decline of family farms, continued neglect of the living and working conditions for farm laborers, increasing costs of production, and the disintegration of economic and social conditions in rural communities.
A growing movement has emerged during the past two decades to question the role of the agricultural establishment in promoting practices that contribute to these social problems. Today this movement for sustainable agriculture is garnering increasing support and acceptance within mainstream agriculture. Not only does sustainable agriculture address many environmental and social concerns, but it offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, consumers, policymakers and many others in the entire food system."
(Agricultural Sustainability Institute @ UC Davis)
The United States currently relies heavily on coal, oil, and natural gas for its energy. Fossil fuels arenonrenewable, that is, they draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. In contrast, renewable energy resources—such as wind and solar energy—are constantly replenished and will never run out.
Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. Sunlight, or solar energy, can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and other buildings, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of commercial and industrial uses.
The sun's heat also drives the winds, whose energy is captured with wind turbines. The Earth's rotation also contributes to the winds, particularly through the Coriolis effect.
Along with the rain and snow, sunlight causes plants to grow. The organic matter that makes up those plants is known as biomass. Biomass can be used to produce electricity, transportation fuels, or chemicals. The use of biomass for any of these purposes is calledbiomass energy.
Can be found in many organic compounds, as well as water. It's the most abundant element on the Earth. But it doesn't occur naturally as a gas. It's always combined with other elements, such as with oxygen to make water. Once separated from another element, hydrogen can be burned as a fuel or converted into electricity. Because energy is always needed to produce hydrogen, hydrogen is not in itself an energy source, but rather a way to store and transport energy, so it is often referred to as an energy carrier.
Not all renewable energy resources come from the sun. Geothermal energy taps the Earth's internal heat for a variety of uses, including electric power production and the heating and cooling of buildings.
The ocean can produce thermal energy from the sun's heat and mechanical energy from the tides and waves. Tides are driven by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun upon the Earth, while waves are driven by winds blowing over the ocean's surface. NREL does not conduct research in ocean thermal energy or ocean mechanical energy. See the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers for basic information on ocean energy.
Flowing water creates energy that can be captured and turned into electricity. This is called hydroelectric power or hydropower. NREL doesn't perform any research in hydroelectric power technologies. For more information on hydroelectric power, see the Hydropower Basics from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Program.
In a society obsessed with instant gratification, novelty, and conspicuous consumption, it’s easy to dismiss fashion design as frivolous. Skirt lengths and platform heights appear inconsequential when juxtaposed with real-world concerns like climate change, economic strife, water shortages, and hunger and malnutrition. But if you consider the fact that clothing is something we envelope our bodies in every single day, to ignore the apparel industry’s environmental and social impact would be negligent, not to mention foolhardy.
$2 billion of hazardous pesticides are used every year to grow cotton—more than any other agricultural crop.
"The word holistic has come to refer to everything from organic food and massage therapy to herbal supplements and Eastern healing practices, all of which are undeniably valuable and evidence of a growing consciousness that earlier generations only dreamed of. The Chopra Center defines holistic in its original sense, as related to wholeness. Wholeness is the union of mind, body, and spirit. It means that you are a totality, not the sum of countless moving parts. In wholeness, you aren’t divided against yourself and the choices you make benefit you at every level.
There is a growing body of research establishing the inextricable connection of the mind, body, and spirit – and the value of lifestyle practices that encompass all three aspects. Just as the quality of your food, water, and exercise directly affects the health of your body and mind, so the energy and information you take in through your mind and sensory organs influences your body and spirit. The secret is to live in wholeness now, cultivating a lifestyle that nurtures all aspects of your life – including your physical and emotional health, relationships, success in fulfilling your dreams and desires, personal growth, and spiritual connection."
The era of modern environmental law began in the mid-1960s when a federal appeals court in New York ruled that citizens with no financial stake in the outcome of a power plant siting decision could nevertheless participate in the process and were entitled to bring their concerns before a court of law. That right, known as "standing to sue," was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1972 in a case brought by a group of attorneys that would eventually form the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, now known as Earthjustice.