Sixth annual Green Festival opens in San Francisco
The 6th San Francisco Green Festival began Friday and continues
at the Concourse Exhibition Center at 8th and Brannon Street.
Photos by John
By Stephanie Rice,
special to Fog City Journal
November 10, 2007
San Francisco's 6th annual Green Festival kicked off Friday,
bringing thousands of environment-conscious citizens from around
the world to the Concourse Exhibition Center in the South of Market
The event, co-sponsored by Global Exchange and Co-op America,
features hundreds of green businesses, community groups and speakers.
Festivities will continue through the weekend, coming to a close
with a performance by the Social Prophet Choir Sunday evening.
"The green festival has something for everyone," said
Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange co-founder. "You'll see people
from every community leading the way to a greener, healthier future."
Hand chiseled Haitian artwork recycled from 55 gallon oil drums.
Pachamama World - A Fair Trade Place, Sonoma County.
Lindsey Moore of Zhena's Gypsy Tea in Ojai, California, sells
100% organic fair trade tea. The tea is grown mostly in India,
Sri Lanka and China where workers receive healthcare, maternity
leave and fair wages.
Dana Gaffran, owner and founder of Pachamama World - A Fair Trade
displays bamboo kitchenware made by handicapped workers in Vietnam.
The Sonoma County based company works with co-ops around the world
including Haiti, Columbia and Guatemala to help support community
development projects. Emphasis is put on fair trade to counter
free trade agreements that are devastating local producer economies.
Biodegradable food service products made from sugarcane agricultural
in China. Green Earth Office Supply in Santa Clara sells food
and other environmentally friendly office supplies.
Hundreds of green companies have packed into booths
at the center, selling everything from bamboo bathrobes to purses
made from recycled plastic bags.
Zach Lyman and Henry Gentenaar, co-founders of Reware,
were on hand to explain the benefits of solar-powered backpacks,
which they sell for $190 to $300. The bags come in a variety of
messenger bag and backpack styles and are made completely from
recycled soda bottles and carpet padding, Lyman said.
A wide variety of local eateries are also ready
to provide vegetarian-friendly faire, including veggie hot dogs,
vegan hemp ice cream and acai fruit smoothies. For those who need
to de-stress, massages are available for $1 per minute.
Jamie Bender of Healing Hands in San Rafael provides massage therapy
to an aching passer byl.
More than 150 speakers will give speeches and answer
questions over the three-day event. Self-improvement guru Deepak
Chopra addressed the crowd Friday evening. Other notable speakers
include Sen. Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) on Saturday at 4
p.m. and Democracy Now radio host Amy Goodman on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Supervisors Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi will also appear Sunday
at 3 p.m. to discuss the future of sustainability in San Francisco.
Katie and Jeff Evans traveled from Vancouver, B.C.
to attend the festival with friends on Friday.
"It's real eye-opener," Katie Evans said,
adding that she was impressed to find out that even items like
paint could be made more environmentally friendly.
Jeff Evans said he learned a lot about solar energy
and would encourage others to come experience the event.
For a full schedule and ticket prices, visit www.greenfestivals.org.