Another World Is Happening! See It In Action: SF Green Festival Nov. 8 and 9

Trying to find ecologically sound products in the local supermarket?
Wondering how you can make sure that the lumber used to remodel that kitchen or bathroom is not old growth wood? Interested in changing the world by investing in an alternative economy where the bottom line is not the only line?

The San Francisco Green Festival, opening at the San Francisco Concourse Nov. 8 and 9, is where you will find the answers to these and many other questions. A non-profit project, sponsored by Global Exchange and Co-op America, the Green Festival will be open Saturday from 10 am till 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

There is an alternative to an American economy mired in waste, greed and environmental degradation‹and the San Francisco Green Festival is where you will find it all in one place. Visit 300 exhibits covering green technology, renewable energy, eco-fashion, green finances, Fair Trade and more. Fifty speakers will address the festival, including Alice Walker, Greg Palast, Arianna Huffington, Jim Hightower, Eleanor Smeal, and Medea Benjamin.

The Green Festival is another indication that Americans are concerned about the environmental and social impact of their spending. They want to buy products, purchase services and build homes that protect the environment and promote economic justice, instead of contributing to global inequality and environmental destruction. Wouldn¹t it be wonderful if your daily cup of java helped a coffee farmer¹s family, instead of pushing them into debt and despair?

Author Alice Walker put it this way: ³The Green Festival is designed to accelerate the paradigm shift from money values to life values and give a definitive answer to the question, ŒCan we save humanity from itself?¹²

The numbers speak volumes. Fair Trade sales in the United States, Canada and the Pacific Rim alone hit $250.6 million in 2002. That represents a growth rate of 37% in just one year! Fair Trade coffee sales are expanding rapidly as traditional coffee sales stagnate. Socially responsible investments now stand at $2.24 trillion, that is $1 of every 8$ invested according to a recent Trends in Social Investing report. Organic farming is expected to top
$11 billion this year, and is growing more rapidly than chemical farming.

The first two Green Festivals provide proof of the burgeoning interest in a green and fair economy. Over 10,000 people attended showed up in Austin on Oct. 11 and 12, while last year¹s San Francisco Festival attracted13,000 people, who networked madly, chowed down on organic goodies and went home happy. This year¹s event is on track to be just as successful.

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