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Wednesday, Apr 10 2013
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In 1970, it would’ve been difficult to imagine local governments competing for the title of Greenest City. But green is the new black, and San Francisco is number one! In 2011, we recycled or composted 80 per cent of our waste – the highest rate achieved by any major city. But competition is fierce — we’re watching you, Portland – and urgent. Luckily, it can be fun, too. This year’s Earth Day SF celebration promises the return of the popular Eco-Fashion Show, permaculture zone, and kids’ midway, with games like the GMO Freak Show, where you can stick your head on top of the body of a tomato-fish! Too soon after the defeat of Prop 37? Find solace with California’s Right to Know media director Stacy Malkan, who will explain what went wrong and what we can do about it. She is joined in the speakers’ tent by former IBM Finance jockey Marc Armstrong, who will show us how public banking can defeat Wall Street; and plastic-free blogger Beth Terry, whose pain was palpable when she finally gave up store-bought tortillas. Between speakers and classes, you can shake it up with Afrobeat from Albino, hip-hop from Earth Amplified, and gypsy-swing from the Jaunting Martyrs. For those seeking quieter ways to participate, there is an Art-a-Thon at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, a clean-up at Ocean Beach (visit parksconser-vancy.org for details), and, on Monday, a screening at the Castro Theater of the truly breathtaking Chasing Ice — this is the Moby Dick of climate change stories, a thing of great beauty which captures the majesty of both vanishing glaciers and man’s obsession.
Sat., April 20, 10 a.m., 2013

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