TUNE IN Fri. April 19, 9am to KFAI Radio's CATALYST:politics & culture for a re-broadcast of the International Women's Day special by climate change activists from the Indigenous group Idle No More and 3CTC/Twin Cities Climate Change Coalition . Plus: calendar of Earth Day events (see below). Host Lydia Howell
ONLINE:live-stream & archived for 2 weeks after broadcast on CATALYST page www.kfai.org
CONTACT:Mother Earth Fest 20`3 on FACEBOOK
9:00am until 5:00pm in CDT at Wellestone Ctr, ST. PAUL, MN
Introducing Mother Earth Fest - An event happening in conjunction with and in honor of International Mother Earth Day. (BE SURE TO LIKE THE FB PAGE TOO)
Mother Earth Fest offers a unique opportunity for people from various areas of the Green, Sustainability and Environmental movements to come together with local community members of all ages to put into action an amazing event that will have a lasting impact on our local communities and Mother Earth.
• Green Village -
• Active Living (Featured Activities) –
Children’s Area / Challenge Area – Are that will focus on providing free activities for our children that will introduce them to green concepts while having fun and challenging their minds and bodies;
Body, Mind and Spirit –Activities like martial arts, yoga, traditional folk dance from various cultures and more.
• Environmental and Sustainability Science Fair
• The Summit / Workshops / Activities -The 9th annual Chalchiutlicue Summit will be integrated into Mother Earth Fest and will provide educational workshops and activities that are action orientated and hands on. The summit will bring people together to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise around the environmental and sustainability issues and practices such as water quality, watersheds, storm water, environmental health, toxicity, waste and pollution, and much more.
• Organic Kitchen - The organic kitchen will be located in the lower level dining room. It will serve a menu of food that visitors can purchase at an affordable price. The menu will be organic and support as many local and diverse farmers and producers as possible. We will recruit a well-known chef or local business that can offer a décor/atmosphere that is inviting and festive.
• Entertainment - There will be various forms of entertainment and cultural exchanges offered throughout the festival. To foster a more intimate experience these presentations will be offered in various locations throughout the Fest. Current attractions include: A Native Drum Group, Folk Music, Traditional Cultural Dance from various communities, local musicians, student art show and more.
• Hazardous Waste Drop Off Site - It is our goal to be able to provide a drop off site in partnership with a local County.
• Zero Waste Goal - It is our goal to be 100% waste free. This means all “waste” created at this event will be placed in either compost, be recycled or deemed able to be reused. We will weigh how much waste is created in each of these categories and track our progress for years to come.
But we need to do more, and we can't afford to wait. The Minnesota legislature is currently considering legislation that would strengthen the state's RES so that more of your electricity would come from homegrown, clean energy resources like wind and solar.
Clean Energy and Jobs Day of Action
When: Earth Day, Monday, April 22
Lobby day start time: 9:30 a.m. registration
Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Ave. West, St. Paul, MN 55155
Rally start time: 2:45 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Capitol rotunda
Rally speakers include: Governor Dayton, U.S. representatives Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, and more
Mon.April 22:A SPECIAL 3CTC EARTH DAY PROGRAM
WOMEN DEFENDING MOTHER EARTH
IDLE NO MORE, MINNESOTA
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 7:00 PM
301 CEDAR AVENUE SOUTH
WEST BANK, MINNEAPOLIS
THE CLIMATE CRISIS COALITION OF TH E TWIN CITIES (3CTC)
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SAVE MOTHER EARTH!
Idle No More is the Indigenous Women’s environmental group that got started in Saskatchewan, Canada in response to attacks on First Nation tribal land rights by the conservative, pro-extraction Harper government. The movement has spread quickly to the United States, where it has organized a number of actions against the existing Enbridge Alberta Clipper & proposed Keystone XL Pipelines. Idle No More recently held a very successful Environmental & Treaty Rights Symposium at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Patricia Shepard will be speaking about Idle No More’s origins and future campaigns, especially a plan to get a Mother Earth Accord adopted in the U.S.