Earth Day San Francisco (EDSF) took place on Sunday, April 22 at the Civic Center Plaza and drew thousands eager to have eco-conscious fun. The event celebrated the anniversary of the birth of the environmental movement started by Senator Gaylord Nelson in the 1970s and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Founder and Producer of the festival is Douglas Kolberg, Principal of Green Zone Productions (GZP). “ We are thrilled to see so many people embracing our Environment and Earth Day,” states Kolberg.
This year EDSF provided education, entertainment, tools on how to lead a Greener life. Activities ranged from Earth Day For Kids, Organic Chef Demos, Organic Food Vendors, to an amazingly beautiful Eco Fashion Show.
The eco-event brought together Green community leaders.
Here are some of the highlights:
Main stage Speakers, Sarah Diefendorf (Climate Director for the State of California League of Women Voters) and Sarah Hodgdon (Director of Conservation for the Sierra Club) shared their concerns about the environment.
A green panel moderated by Bianca Velishek (EDSF Executive Board Member) where Sarah Diefendorf (Climate Director for the State of California League of Women Voters), Stephen Zavestoski (Sustainability Director & Associate Professor of Sociology & Environmental Studies at USF), Marc Angelucci, Esq. (National Coalition For Men), Marie Baillargeon (USF Board Member & EDSF Higher Education Chair), Ludmila Kisseleva (EDSF High-Tech & Fashion Chair), Sophie Azouaou (Green Living Expert and Media) debated on what Green meant to them and the environmental issues we face.
“This is an exciting moment for San Francisco as the Greenest City in North America. It is phenomenal to see people from all aspects of life come together to help improve our environment,” shares Velishek.
A Green seminar were your very own Sophie shared some Green Living daily tips: “How to make our home a healthier environment to live in and be good to our planet at the same time.”
A High Tech section which displayed two standing orange old BMWs converted into high performance electric cars from Electric Motors Werks (EMW). The California based company focuses on promoting high performance electric conversions and accelerate adoption of electric car conversions.
The much awaited eco-fashion show orchestrated by dynamic duo by Ludmila Kisseleva and Shae Lynn (VIP Socialite). A fashionista herself, Kisseleva was thrilled to mention: ” We showed the world you don’t need to sacrifice style for sustainability, you can look good and be good to Mother Earth too.”
When we asked Mayor Edwin Lee what Earth Day San Francisco means, this is what he proudly said: “Every day is Earth Day in San Francisco. Our residents and businesses use the greenest and most sustainable practices, but we can always do better. One way is to volunteer in our parks, in our streets, and in our communities and demonstrate green living in your lifestyle to create a healthy and sustainable environment in our City.”
As the event drew to an end, the clear message resounded in our mind:
There is hope, San Franciscans are aware. There is now a heartfelt knowledge that WE are taking care of San Francisco. We lead by example, but we must remain this way and do more each and every day.
For more pictures check our San Francisco Green Living Examiner Column.
Special thanks to our amazing photographers: Nick Belloni, Tiffany Shanel and Rene Caraballo of TR Productions, Vincent Crown Lifestyle Photographer and Steve Han.