This past Sunday, the Earth Day The Hague team met up at Fine Fresh Foods on the Korte Houtstraat in The Hague for a reunion lunch.
As we perused the menu with choices like sun-dried tomato and beet burger on gluten-free bread, goat cheese, honey and walnut salad, or ratatouille made of “forgotten vegetables” (not like forgotten in the bottom bin of the fridge, but forgotten as in vegetables that used to be common to the early Dutch menu, but are now largely unknown or forgotten), we reminisced over Earth Day The Hague 2015, reviewing what was successful in our eyes, and what could be improved.
Successes: The gardening and soils workshops, the art-from-scrap projects for kids, the eco-market and environmental non-profit presence, the musical performances, informative speakers, eco-art and crafts, the delicious food– in other words, just about everything. (I guess you can say our optimism is not a forgotten quality!)
Room for Growth: Reaching more of you, finding more folks that want to volunteer on the day, and creating an environmental action for the day (plant a tree! Use a cloth bag! Sign the no TTIP petition, gorilla gardening, etc).
We spent the beautiful fall afternoon mind gardening (aka brainstorming) on how to make Earth Day The Hague 2016 even more fun, exciting and informative than last year, and the ideas were swirling around like autumn leaves–engaging, plentiful, brilliant, practical, each a promise of change.
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But there is one thing you can do right this instant: save the dates! Friday, April 22nd, 2016 (tentative evening program) and Saturday, April 23, 2016 (Earth Day festival with workshops, eco-shopping and food, valuable information and calls to action for the earth).