Not Just Another Green Day


Do you remember your first Earth Day? Mine was in Washington, D.C. and the year was 1990. I can still feel the energy in the air as my friends and I weaved our way through the crowded Mall toward the Capitol. The excitement was contagious and we were so eager to help spread the message.

It’s 18 years later and I’m excited to be going to Seattle for the first Green Festival of 2008 (April 12-13). I’ve never been to Seattle – what better way to introduce myself to the city than this two-day green celebration with exhibits, art, music, food and lectures on everything from how to create a green kid’s room to fair trade?

Some of the top environmental activists, as well as local and national business leaders, will discuss their own projects, programs and new products. And it’s only $15 ($10 for seniors and kids under 12) for a two-day pass.

Sponsored by Global Exchange and Co-op America, two national non-profit organizations, the purpose of the Green Festival project is to celebrate how our communities – the people, businesses and organizations – support and encourage a greener way of life. It’s Earth Day, but on a local level.

After Seattle, there are three other festivals planned for the year, in Chicago (May 17-18), Washington DC (Nov 8-9) and San Francisco (Nov 14-16).

So if you find yourself in Seattle in April, or any of the other cities, look into it. It’s sure to be informative, fun and a good place to network with other like-minded greenies. (Don’t forget to get your Terra Pass.)

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