Over the course of our meal, we listened to keynote speeches by current San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and former SF mayor Willie Brown, as well as environmental dignitaries from the UN and Mark Epstein, from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
2004 marks the first year in which the aggregate human population in urban centers exceeds that of outlying rural/suburban areas. The thrust of the UN World Environment Day focused on "green cities" and, given the visibility of American culture to the world, the need for those of us in the US to lead by example in maintaining ecologically-sustainable consumption and recycling habits.
Had the good fortune to be seated next to some brilliant and accomplished individuals at my table, including former investigative reporter and environmental journalist Craig Kasnoff and SF Environment Commissioner Johanna Wald; during lunch, we traded stories on our experiences in fundraising and media campaigns for nonprofits. Hopefully, will get a chance to meet with them again in the next few weeks.
Craig, Johanna and some internet dork
Sorry, Craig ... the look on your face was just too priceless not to post. ;)
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom addresses the audience ...
Former SF Mayor Willie Brown introducing the other speakers ...
Me and Tammy
My dessert. Yeah, I can smell your jealousy from here. Haha!
Candid shot of Tammy. Yeah, I can smell your jealousy from here. Haha!
The last face I saw in SF today ...
Note: This will be my last post before my 100-mile ride around Lake Tahoe on Sunday; I will be packing the rest of this evening, and begin my drive up to Reno at 5:30am tomorrow.
Those of you who are given to such gestures, wish me luck. :)