As a prelude to Earth Day 2007, the 12th Annual Convergence Festival takes place April 17-22 in Dublin, Ireland. This 6 day event celebrates the sustainable lifestyle. Seems like the rest of the world is just catching up to things. There’s a Talk and Workshop with Martin Boroson, the author of the interfaith creation story, Becoming Me. View this sweet, yet powerful story on You Tube, featuring music by Bobby McFerrin. More info @ martinboroson.info If anyone attends the Convergence, please let us know. I’d so like to be there! Also visit cultivate, the home of the Sustainable Ireland Co-operative.
Sunday, April 22nd will be here before we know it. All over the country, celebrations and activities of all sorts are scheduled, so if you’d like to get in the game, just grab your mitt.
Manhattan Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation Event:
8a-2p rain or shine
Union Square, North Plaza
(southeast corner of 17th St & B’way; cars enter at 16th St & Union Square West.) For more info on other events & recycling options: nyc.gov/nycwasteless or call 311.
NatureConservancy.org for eastern NY earth-saving events.
Live Music Blog for details on tri-city music ditty details, as they break.
Band Weblogs for some good info on music around the Big Green Apple, Chicago and San Francisco.
Central Park Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration – 11a-4p be sure to click on the link at the bottom of their site for details on free, special activities: Family Treasure Hunt, Rock Climbing Demos, Walking Tours, Family Planting & Mulching Projects, Earth Day Labyrinth, Live Theatrical Entertainment and more.
Earthday New York is sponsoring activities all offer NYC.
April 14th at Grand Central Terminal at Vanderbilt Avenue:
EarthFair Inside – April 14 & 15
EarthFair Outside – April 20 & 21
For an overview of the April 19-22, 2nd Annual Green Apple Music & Arts Festival and music dish from the Core of Green Apple blog. Don’t miss the 6th Annual Jammy Awards.
Just this morning, the luxe Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC nabbed the title “2007 World Green Car” at New York’s International Auto Show. BLUETEC, the world’s cleanest diesel technology, grants 20 to 40 percent lower fuel consumption than other diesel vehicles, with a boost in engine power of up to 50 percent.
With a hefty V6, this car makes 0-60 in 6.6 seconds flat. Fast and forward-thinking. Gotta love that.
Find out more @ Mercedes-Benz.
I admit I am an Esurance policy holder. I can’t say I chose them because of their stand on the environment (it was a price thing), but I wish I had. A few green things about the company: the internet based auto insurer is almost completely paperless both in its customer communications and its business operations; they make an effort to buy hybrid vehicles for its claims personnel wherever possible; they educate the public on topics like gas consumption and they support a bunch of green orgs.
Green orgs can fill out a survey and possibly become one of four green organizations that Esurance will sponsor. The San Francisco based company works with local green organizations like Friends of the Urban Forest, Chicago’s Gateway Green and Tampa based T.R.E.E to sponsor the planting of trees and the greening of communities in which they have offices.
I know that auto insurers indirectly facilitate automobile emissions but cars are an American way of life. By choosing a green auto insurer you are actually buying a small carbon offset and you might just be financing the planting of some nice trees.
more @ esurance.com
If you know of other “green” auto insurers or interesting companies, drop us a line.
Earth Day, April 22nd, is just around the bend. To add a touch of excitement to this year’s planting, why not travel to Costa Rica to do the honors? That’s where you’ll find the sustainable eco-lodge Lapa Rios, which lies within its own private nature reserve, overrun with biodiversity, and features devastatingly pristine views of the churning Pacific.
Among activities offered is the chance to participate in the resort’s Volunteer Rain Forest, where guests contribute to sustainable development by transplanting a primary rain forest seedling to an area of second growth in the reforestation program. Lucky planters get to learn about their tree and then receive a certificate to commemorate their efforts. Left someone special at home? Plant a tree in their honor and get a gift certificate to take back to them. Carbon-neutralize your trip and make it one fine-lookin‚ Earth Day. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen. Might as well soak up some beach time, I mean, as long as you’re there!
More info at http://www.laparios.com