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Earth Day San Francisco 2021

In 2020, Earth Day San Francisco celebrated virtually, launching a 50th Anniversary of Earth Day video. April 22nd, 2021, we're still not ready for another wild and wonderful San Francisco-style street festival... so we've invited some of our favorite artists, speakers, and educators to share on our website! Hosted by The New Farm, the Green City Project, and the Safe Sand Company, Earth Day San Francisco promises to get you dancing in your living room, until once again we can dance together in the streets.


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Earth Day SF features community activists, expert speakers and youth sharing their knowledge and views on all things green, from the state of the oceans to wildlife conservation to actions you can take in your community. Earth Day is a teach-in, where you’ll learn about breakthrough innovations, practical home remedies, and many other ways to help build a sustainable future.

Past speakers have included:

Dolores Huerta Dolores HuertaLabor leader and civil rights activist – United Farm Workers

Monalisa WallaceMonaLisa Wallace Attorney, Speaker, Organizer

Lindsey AllenLindsey Allen Executive Director – Rainforest Action Network

Stacy MalkanStacy MalkanAuthor, Speaker – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, US Right To Know


Check out our virtual video festival featuring local and international acts in support of Earth Day!


Pamela Parker's Fantastic Machine


No pipeline,no way!

Earth Day San Francisco gratefully appreciates the leadership of Corrina Gould, for envisioning a beautiful future for the historic Shellmound, so vital to honoring the ancestors and future generations on this land. Please support the Shellmound, an Ohlone sacred heritage site in the East Bay in California, which reminds everyone of the thousands of years of harmony between humanity and the earth and our human rights.

Water protectors arising nationwide show solidarity in the collective efforts to protect clean water from pollution.Stop Line 3 Pipeline! #StopLine3Mural #StopLine3 #NoDAPL #BuildBackFossil

This street mural was painted on February 27, 2021 on Clay Street, peacefully blockaded directly in front of the Oakland, California Federal Building using nontoxic clay and tempera paints.

For seven years, Indigenous communities in Minnesota and their allies have been resisting the construction of Line 3, an oil pipeline connecting the tar sands in Canada to Wisconsin. Enbridge Energy, the company responsible, has a terrible environmental track record, and this pipeline would violate several treaties with the Ojibwe people and cross 200 bodies of water.

In February Lakota youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribal nations ran over 93 miles back to the Oceti Sakowin Camp site to call on President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The youth are asking for everyone who stood with Standing Rock four years ago to join this call. In this video, artists and activists respond to a call from Indigenous leaders to be in solidarity with the Water Protectors by blocking an entire city block in downtown Oakland and painting a large street mural with the words: STOP LINE 3 & DAPL - BUILD BACK FOSSIL FREE.

This action is part of “Build Back Fossil Free,” the solution-ary push on the Biden Harris Administration to end the era of fossil fuel production, and protect communities reeling from the climate and COVID-19 crises.


Ken Babbs

Thank you Ken Babbs for sharing your Merry Prankster vibe with Earth Day SF!

Chef's Zone

Welcome to the Sustainable Chef’s Zone! Recognizing that California is in a second year of drought, we call attention to the vast majority of water usage — agriculture.

Alfalfa for export to the dairy and cattle industry overseas uses far more water than the total water use of every human in California.

Shifting consumer investment away from inefficient commodities prioritizes water conservation, human health and climate protection.

San Francisco Veg Society

Join the San Francisco Veg Society on Saturday April 24th, 2021, 12 to 5 pm for a live zoom event and enjoy fabulous, nutritious and sustainable recipes using only local, vegan, small business produced ingredients. To join, send your RSVP to

Tamiko Gardner will start off the program with an overview on how to transition to a plant based lifestyle!

Featured chefs:

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Reina MontenegroReina MontenegroInstagram:

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Sponsorship is available at a variety of levels. For a full sponsorship packet, contact us!

VEND and Volunteer

If you'd like to volunteer or vend for our next street festival in April 2022, contact us! IF YOU ARE A VENDOR IMPACTED BY THE CANCELLATION OF EARTHDAYSF2020, YOU HAVE PRIORITY REGISTRATION UNTIL JULY 10,2021.


The Meaning Of Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day reminds us to appreciate the natural integrity of the planet and our duty to protect it for future generations. This global annual event calls attention to the need for people to make peace with nature to tackle climate, pollution and biodiversity emergencies.

The Earth Pledge:

I pledge allegiance to the EARTH
on which I live
and to all her creatures large and small

and to her water, air and soil.

One world, one people... undivided...

with food, shelter and health,
peace and freedom,
love and justice,
for ALL.

Earth Day Facts

  • On January 28, 1969, an offshore oil drill caused a horrific oil spill devastating Southern California beaches and wildlife and drawing worldwide attention to the risks caused by the petrochemical industry.
  • April 22, 1970, sponsored by Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was recognized. There was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act—but there was an uprising all over the country to call attention to the need to regulate corporate impacts on the earth.
  • Earth Day has always been a teach-in, but can take many forms including: festivals, conferences, clean ups, teach ins, walk outs, sit-ins, artivism actions, speak outs, publications and other expressions.
  • One especially notable Earth Day included the signing of the Paris Agreement, on Earth Day 2016, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
  • EarthDaySF began in 2011, produced by Douglas Kolberg and fiscally sponsored by the National Organization for Women San Francisco Chapter. The event opened with a press conference about the Fukushima radioactive fallout. Dolores Huerta spoke commemorating Cesar Chavez and encouraging the annual event to continue this important work.
  • Each year since, has been produced by a devoted team led by Douglas Kolberg, fiscally sponsored by local nonprofits.
  • EarthDaySF 2021 is grateful to be fiscally sponsored by the Green City Project, a perfect mission match building community around sustainability.


Most people in the US can expect that they were born with dozens or more endocrine disrupting industrial chemicals already in their bloodstreams.  Microplastics have polluted much of the food and water supply.  Currently climate change is happening at a much faster rate than many anticipated, and the science is clear that human contributions to climate change are so significant as to define this era as the anthropocene.  According to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, limiting global warming would require 'rapid and far-reaching' transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Many of these transitions have already begun, but tremendous political will is required to make the dramatic changes required to protect future generations from irreversible harm.

You can make large and small decisions to make an impact.  Environmental protection begins with each of us, but culminates in unified action:

  • Inform yourself of the facts. If you want to take action: get educated, listen carefully to everyone from elders to youth, be open to the wisdom of those who do or do not look like you, be persuasive, be conscious, think for yourself, know what you’re talking about and working toward, pay attention, partner with like-minded people and groups, start your own group if you can't find one.
  • Inform others of what you’ve learned. In medicine, there’s a saying, “Each one, teach one.” Talk about toxins in indoor and outdoor environments, toxins in the food, air and water, climate change, biodiversity and other earth related concerns with friends and family, community, workplaces and governances. Explain patiently. Write a blog or op-ed. Share on social media. Demand political representatives to choose humanity and the planet over corporate greed in legislation. If you can't find a political representative worthy of support, run for office.
  • Vote with your voice and vote with your dollars. Treat every dollar spent like an investment in the world you want. Buy organic. Buy local. Buy small business. Buy sustainable. Buy compostable. Buy conscious. Buy fair trade. Choosing sustainable also means refusing what you understand to be harmful. Boycott bad corporate behavior. Reject marketing manipulations. Donate to environmental causes with your dollars, your time and your attention.
For more ideas, check out our partner Earth Day Network’s Climate Change User’s Guide.