United Nations Environment Programme presents

UN World Environment Day 2005

United Nations 60th Anniversary

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Conferences, Other Conferences, Galleries, City Events, Outdoor Festivals, Art Festivals


2005 marks the first time World Environment Day is being held in the United States. 2005 is also the United Nations 60th anniversary which was founded at a charter convention in San Francisco in 1945.

As cities grow– from migration or from increases in population– their inhabitants need a well-planned, clean, healthy and safe environment in which to raise their children and pursue their dreams.
—Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

From June 1-5, World Environment Day will be celebrated throughout San Francisco with special events focusing on urban environmental issues. Public forums, symposia, seminars, film festivals, arts programming and expositions will include issues addressing energy, renewables, energy conservation, transportation, waste diversion, food, water and air, open space, biodiversity and greening of urban environments.

At the center of World Environment Day activities is Green Cities Expo held on June 3, 4 and 5 at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion. This free to the public, consumer showcase and conference is co-located with the Natural World Museum’s Art Into Action: Inspiring Sustainable Culture international art exhibit.

This event is the premier showcase for World Environment Day featuring green businesses committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

To view the World Environment Day schedule, please visit http://www.wed2005.org.


The Natural World Museum (NWM) is joining forces with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) during World Environment Day (WED) coming to San Francisco, U.S.A. for the first time in its 33 year history between June 1-5 of 2005. UNEP utilizes WED to stimulate awareness of the environment and to generate public action. This year's theme focuses on "Green Cities", bringing 100 mayors from around the world to sign environmental accords that will be implemented into an action plan that politicians, businesses, and citizens around the world can use to flourish as they create a livable urban future. NWM, a leading cultural institution in San Francisco has partnered with UNEP to hold the only public cultural exposition during the week-long celebration. The Festival Pavilion at our Fort Mason site will be the only venue open to the public during all five days of WED activities, and will be annexed between the Museum exhibit and the Green Cities Business Expo.

Our world-class program, artintoaction.org is launching the "Urban Jungle Environmental Art Expo" featuring installations from National Geographic, Conservation International, and the California Academy of Sciences, in addition to showcasing works of art from local emerging environmental artists, featuring Justin Young, JC Didier, Jasko Begovic, and Francis Baker, and works of art from internationally renowned artists, featuring Robert Bateman, Frans Lanting, Andreas Lang, Antonio Vizcaino, and Mike Fay.

Our mission is to provide interpretive art exhibitions that cultivate environmental awareness and inspire social engagement in global conservation. This innovative exhibition will be complemented by an array of educational programs and special events highlighting world leaders in the fields of art, conservation, education, science, and green business, featuring Al Gore giving a keynote address on Climate Change at our international symposium on Inspiring Sustainable Culture. NWM’s goal is to have San Francisco to serve as the global hub for this new coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses who believe that art inspired by nature serves as a catalyst for cultural evolution, and empowers people to make informed decisions about protecting our endangered planet. Serving as a prototype for cultural institutions around the world, this exposition will demonstrate that the fusion of art and environment is a powerful synergistic tool for positive social

“Art is the cornerstone of conservation and the emblem of civilization,” said Mia Hanak, Executive Director, Natural World Museum. “NWM’s exhibit is exciting in what it showcases, but is also important as the focal point where the public can interact and be part of the World Environment Day activities.”

“The San Francisco Urban Environmental Accords will bring together Mayors from around the world to develop solutions to our common problems. We intend to ignite an urban eco-revolution,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Director, San Francisco Department of Environment

About World Environment Day
WED was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The week-long celebration is held every year by a different host country and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5th. For the first time in the event’s 33-year history, the United States and San Francisco will be host to the U.N. WED 2005. In addition, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, which was founded in San Francisco in 1945.

About Natural World Museum
NWM utilizes the power of art and culture to engage citizens to take action toward protecting the world’s endangered ecosystems and bio-region hot-spots, thus, protecting humankind. NWM’s mission is to provide interpretive art exhibitions to cultivate environmental awareness and inspire social engagement in global conservation. It is essential for people to have experiences that generate new knowledge and a clear understanding of what it means to be a part of our natural world’s legacy. Join the U.N. World Environment Day activities in San Francisco as the Natural World Museum launches a global celebration marking the beginning of a lasting cross-cultural and inter- disciplinary forum honoring the natural world.

ART INTO ACTION - Program Schedule – Fort Mason – June 2005
Updated May 13, 2005

Wednesday June 1, 2005

12 – 2pm UN WED Green Cities Community Open House with Mayor Gavin Newsom
and International Mayors’ Red Carpet Reception
6 – 10pm Craigslist Environmental Nonprofit Network public launch party
Networking for the bay area’s top environmental nonprofit professionals
Native American ritual and keynote speaker Julia Butterfly Hill

Thursday June 2, 2005

9 – 10am Planet Art – youth performance, UN WED opening ceremony, City Hall
5 – 7pm Green Business Roundtable, hosted by the Ella Baker Center
6 speaker/discussion panel, featuring Van Jones, Paul Hawken, Kevin Danaher, Julia Butterfly
7-10pm SF Urban Alliance for Sustainability’s GreenHouse Jam
Music, food, breakout sessions and fun green business networking activities
6 – 10pm III Minna Gallery, satellite exhibition opening and DJs

Friday June 3, 2005

10am– 5pm Green Expo
7 – 8pm NWM “Unite in Green” Pre-Gala Benefactors’ Private Champagne Tour
Champagne, appetizers, organic chocolate with a private tour of the exhibits led by the artists and celebrity guides
8pm – 12am NWM “Unite in Green” Gala Reception
Mystic Family Circus, Dinner buffet and reception for 500 guests, Green Leaf Awards Ceremony, Masters of Ceremonies: Daryl Hannah and Charris Ford, silent auction, live music, DJ Paul Smith

Saturday June 4, 2005

10am – 5pm Green Expo
12 – 5pm Inspiring Sustainable Culture - International Symposium
Keynote Address by Al Gore –presentation on Climate Change, Intro by Jerry Brown
Panel Discussion with moderator Randy Hayes and special guests:
Joanna Macy and Francine Cousteau
Live music and art performance
8:30 –10:30p 2005 EarthDance: The Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival
10:30pm -12 After- Party

Sunday June 5, 2005

10am – 5pm Green Expo
1 – 5pm Women’s Global Green Action Network conference
“Celebrating Grassroots Women’s Leadership in Sustainable Development”

For up to date information visit: http://www.artintoaction.org

Directions to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion: http://www.fortmason.org/directions/index.shtml


Fort Mason Center
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA
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