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Earth Fest This Saturday At The YMCA

The second annual Estes Earth Fest is dedicated to building community, exploring available options and practices for sustainable living, and raising support for local, national and global service-learning projects for a sustainable eco-culture. This event is to honor the earth and all inhabitants who share this planetary home.

The Estes Earth Fest will be held this Saturday, January 17, 2009 with all events at the YMCA of the Rockies. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m. for festival booths and exhibit hall in the Willome Center.

The complete schedule is posted below:

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Open exhibit hours
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon-Workshop Session A (Willome Center or Dakota Hall)
1:00-2:00 p.m.-Opening plenary-Keynote speaker: David Wann, “Culture Shift” (Dakota Hall)
2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.-Workshop Session B (Dakota Hall)
3:30-5:00 p.m. Closing plenary-Keynote speaker: Jim Merkel, “Radical Leadership” (Dakota Hall)
5:30-7:00 p.m. Slow Food Dinner & Local Action Program. Speakers: Bill Pinkham, Estes Park Mayor, Merlin Moreno, Eagle Rock student, Chris Stough, Eco-Tech executive: “Our New Global Energy” (Ponderosa Dining Room)
7:30-9:30 p.m. Variety Talent Show (Willome Center)

General admission to the festival is only $5.00 for adults 18 and over; $2.50 for students and children under 8 are admitted free.

Dinner will be by separate ticket only: $10.00 adults 18 and over; $5.00 youth 6-17 (save by purchasing ticket in advance – see below)

As you can see, some new features have been added for this year’s festival. There will be workshops and keynote speakers presenting interactive sessions and lectures at scheduled intervals throughout the day in the Willome Center.

There will be a slow food dinner with speakers and a program in the Ponderosa Dining Room. As we look at this year’s Earth Fest it is our intent to approach the dinner with the concept of offering local, seasonal, sustainable and ethical food that is both delicious and good for you. This approach is becoming more widely adhered to and is gaining public acceptance as even the supermarket industry has shifted its approach to meet customer demands, more chefs and restaurants are featuring local and seasonal products and the Slow Food Movement pushes forward.

While the availability of local produce has decreased with the end of the growing season, it is still possible to get some local product. We will also look at the seasonal aspect and its impact on fossil fuels used to transport those products from growing regions that are far away. With sustainability in mind, we will avoid conventionally grown or raised foodstuffs unless they are local. Our ethical component will address a number of issues including animal husbandry, environmental consciousness and the overall welfare of the workers.

Advance tickets for the dinner are available in Estes Park at Safeway (451 Wonderview Ave.) Local Roots Co-op (429 W. Elkhorn Ave.) and Master Graphics Printing (191 Riverside Dr.) Advance tickets ar $8.00 for adults/$10.00 at the door; $4.00 for youth ages 6-17/$5.00 at the door.

We are delighted to feature the following keynote speakers during the 2009 Estes Earth Fest:

David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker about sustainable design and sustainable lifestyles. His most recent book, Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle, is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, which is now in nine languages including Chinese. He has also produced 20 videos and TV programs, including the award-winning TV documentary “Designing a Great Neighborhood,” and “Building Livable Communities,” for then-Vice President Gore. David is the father of two children, president of the Sustainable Futures Society, and a Fellow of the national Simplicity Forum. He co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he’s now lived for twelve years; he’s taught at the college level, worked more than a decade for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has worked as a freelancer for the last twelve years.

Jim Merkel is the author of Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth and directs the Global Living Project that consults with campuses and municipalities and offers workshops and lectures. His recent work helped Dartmouth earn the highest grade given on the Sustainability Report Card issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute for the two years he led the campus’s sustainability efforts. Originally a military engineer, Merkel’s projects included energy demand management, design of military systems, and foreign military sales. The Exxon Valdez disaster and the invasion of Iraq prompted him to devote his life to sustainability and world peace. He founded the Global Living Project (GLP) and initiated the GLP Summer Institute where teams of researchers attempted to live on an equitable portion of the biosphere.

Jim’s role while at Dartmouth College was to integrate environmentally and socially sustainable practices into the College’s operations, culture and strategic plan. Merkel’s projects include Sustainable Dining, Solar Thermal Evaluation, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Offices, Green Greeks and Solid Waste Reduction.
As a lobbyist in Washington D.C., he has worked to promote wilderness legislation, peace and Native American rights.

In 1994 Merkel received an Earthwatch Gaia Fellowship to research efficient resource use in Kerala, India, and visited communities in the Himalayas. The following year he founded the Global Living Project (GLP) in British Columbia and initiated the GLP Summer Institute for the measurement and reduction of biospheric impact. In 1996 he developed a permaculture demonstration site where teams of researchers monitored biospheric consumption for a six-week period. He taught courses on wild edible and medicinal herbs, alternative construction, renewable energy, timber framing, ethical money management, ecological footprinting, bioregionalism, the Science and Practice of Sustainability and gardening for self-reliance. Jim initiated the “Cycling for a Sustainable Future” speaking tour that has logged over 17,000 miles delivering lectures and workshops at over 40 colleges and universities. He has led over 1,000 workshops on personal and institutional sustainability. Jim is a homesteader, bike commuter and thrift store patron.

Chris Stough is vice-president of EcoTech Alternative Energy Solutions, a premier provider of renewable and sustainable energy products and energy consulting services. With over 25 years in providing sustainable solutions, EcoTech’s goal is to reduce the amount of energy being used while applying innovative products and services to reduce energy costs in all applications.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn and grow at Estes Earth Fest, 2009.

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