November 16, 2009

SOS Ventures to the Green Festival

This Saturday, the staff of Save Our Shores traveled up to San Francisco to the Green Festival!


It was overwhelming how many great new inventions were there, like this vertical planting system. It has individual capillaries of water and soil behind the matting and there is a pump at the bottom so everything is watered properly. This one is called the Inka Wall Garden by Inka Biospheric Systems (www.inka.fm)


They also had some really interesting things made out of recycled materials. These are purses made out of old inter tubes from tires.


After browsing for a bit, we went to the main stage to see Amy Goodman from NPR's Democracy Now! speak.


Leaving the talk we all felt inspired to work at the local grassroots level to help our community achieve change for the greater good. It all starts at a local level, that is why Save Our Shores has lasted so long, last year we celebrated our 30th anniversary of advocacy and citizen action in the Monterey Bay Area and we will keep fighting for another 30 years to get more protection for the ocean and healthier beaches for our community.

We walked around and found our board member Wallace J. Nichols at his booth for one of his many non-profit groups called See Turtles. They work to save sea turtles around the world by spreading awareness about their fragile breeding areas and the dangers of plastic pollution linking to sea turtle deaths. Here is a picture of part of the staff of See Turtles, J. Nichols and our executive director Laura at their booth.



We had a wonderful time at the festival, it is great to see so many people working towards a more sustainable lifestyle. One thing that we loved was we didn't see any plastic utensils, cups or plates at any of the food vendors, they all used compostable materials, which is leaps and bounds ahead of most plastic-loving festivals. You got a discounted ticket if you traveled by bus or bicycle, which is a great incentive to use alternative transportation. Lastly, all of the vendors in the festival went through a strict screening through Green America's Green Business Network so you can be assured that everything you buy or sample has sustainability in mind. We are looking forward to the next Green Festivals and thanks to the organizers of this festival for making such a great event!

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