Green Festival Expos Adds Climate Change Advocacy Pavillion
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In this age when activism has become more essential than ever to promote positive change, America’s largest and longest-running green living and sustainability festival is embracing climate change activism by launching a new pavilion dedicated to advocacy. Green Festival Expos has announced its 2017 schedule and it includes what it calls an 'Activism & Advocacy Pavilion'. This new pavilion will allow attendees, partners, non-profits and community leaders to publicize their campaigns, networks, circulate petitions, raise funds and network with other campaginers involved in the climate activism.
“We created the Activism & Advocacy Pavilion at Green Festivals because we saw the desire from local communities to come together to create change around issues they care about, especially with the growing challenges to environmental programs in the country – and worldwide,” Dr. Corinna Basler, president of Green Festival Expo, said in a release. “This will be an important and interesting time for everyone to attend Green Festival with this new pavilion and our line-up of cities, speakers, exhibitors and partners.”
One of the activist organizations already confirmed is Farm Sanctuary, one of the U.S.'s leading farm animal protection organization. It will join as a new Green Festival partner to launch a nationwide movement to fight animal cruelty through a series of Plant-Powered Runs in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The runs will take place on the Saturday morning of each show and will raise funds and awareness for plant-based diets to end animal cruelty and mitigate climate change worldwide since livestock is one of main causes of global warming. Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-founder, Gene Bauer (pictured), will be among Green Festivals’ keynote speakers and will speak at each of these runs.
Other 2017 Green Festival speakers for Washington, D.C. include, Alanna Hartzok, Co-Director of the Earth Rights Institute; Bhushan Deodhar, Director of the Art of Living Foundation, Nancy Lawson, Founder of Humane Gardener, Jeffrey Richardson, President and CEO of Imani Energy, Inc., and Pamela Hess, Executive Director of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.
New York Green Festival Expo features five keynote speakers with a focus on conservation, activism, and leadership. Speakers include once again Gene Baur, Grammy Award winning artist Ricky Kej, Abigail Steinberg, author of Recipe for Success, author and environmentalist Dick Russel, and Marianne Schnall, activist and author of What Will it Take to Make a Woman President?
Besides the activist pavillion, visitors can expect other changes at Green Festival such as a Saturday and Sunday show with a vegan and vegetarian food court, targeted talks, and exclusive events for vendors, partners, community leaders and local press. The organizers are inviting potential sponsors, speakers and businesses representatives to contact the festival for possible involvement.
Besides, call for applications and voting are now open on the website for the popular Green FestivalCommunity Award and Brand Award. In each city where the festival takes place, local brands that are making a significant impact on the lives of consumers compete for the The Community Award, which provides grants to three deserving regional non-profits. The online voting systems allows people around the country and attendees at the shows to participate in selecting the winners.
Green Festival Expos will take place in the usual locations (New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles) and their first-ever Ft. Lauderdale event. This year's schedule will include the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (May 13-14), New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (June 10-11), the Magic Box @ The REEF in Los Angeles (Sept. 23-24), Pier 35 in downtown San Francisco (Nov. 11-12) and Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center (Dec. 2-3).
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Image credit: Farm Sanctuary