AVN: Protecting Nature and sharing their Vision at Earth Day

Logo AVNAVN is an 89 year old lobby organization that speaks up on behalf of the environment in The Hague and its environs.  They inform the public, the municipal and provincial governments and politicians on the importance of nature and the environment.  They keep a critical eye on developments of nature policy and work pro-actively for the conservation and improvement of nature and biodiversity. 

But that’s not all they do; they organize local nature projects, such as the Bloeiende Boomspiegel project that brought beautiful flowering plants to the planter boxes surrounding the bases of trees along the city sidewalks in Bezuidenhout neighborhood; in 2014 they organized a Biodiversity Conference, and they lead nature excursions in the area.

This active organization will be part of the Earth Day the Hague event this coming Saturday, April 18th, 2015. See our home page for event details.

De AVN is a 89 jaar oude lobby club voor het belang van groen in en om Den Haag.  Zij informeren het publiek en de gemeentelijke en provinciale overheden en politici over de waarden van natuur en milieu voor de samenleving.  Zij volgen het natuurbeleid kritisch en werken pro-actief aan het behoud en de verbetering van natuur en biodiversiteit. 

Getting Creative on Earth Day with Karin Nolmans

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We are familiar with the expression, but what if you took it literally? What if you created something fanciful, funny, artistic or wild from scrap? This is happening all overkarin nolmans art 3 the world by creatives who see art and possibility where others only see landfill material. Local artist Karin Nolmans, a member of the Grondslag group that falls under Kunstpost, is one of these creative thinkers and she will be working her magic on Saturday, April 18th, 2015.

Children and adults alike are invited to attend her “Art from Scrap” workshops that will be held throughout the Earth Day celebration in The Hague, Bezuidenhout (€ 2,50 workshop fee per person).

What can you expect to create? Well, it really is up to your imagination, but the accompanying images are a few examples of what Ms. Nolmans has inspired during her art from scrap workshops.

J100_4011 (2)ust in case theskarin nolmans art 2e workshops sell out, you should know that there are other, exciting workshops also planned during the Earth Day event by Repair Kid as well as Duurzaam Den Haag.

Want to know more? Drop us a line on Facebook, or simply come to the event. Saturday, april 18th, 11:00-15:00. Juliana van Stolberglaan 154, 2595 CL The Hague, Bezuidenhout. Oh yeah. It’s Earth Day! Please consider cycling, walking or taking public transportation to this event. (Trams 2 and 6 from Den Haag Centraal in the direction of Leidschendaam Noord will drop you at our doorstep. Get out at the second tram halt Oost Inje. The modern white building on the corner is the Christus Triumfatorkerk and meeting room center. You’re there!)

 

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) at Earth Day The Hague

When we think about protecting the environment, images of turtles caught in fishing nets, birds with plastic in their bellies, clear cut forests and multiple forms of environmental pollution may come to mind. But animals and nature aren’t the only victims of environmental degradation; people are also the victims–especially those in poorer nations without the financial might to protect their lands and peoples from exploitation for the sake of economic growth in other countries.

So when UNPO registered for Earth Day The Hague, it took us no time at all to understand why. Below is a description of what

Unrepresented Nations  and Peoples Organization

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

UNPO does, and why it might be extremely informative to meet their representatives on Saturday, April 18th.  Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, I have referred directly to their website to explain more about UNPO, and why they are an important group to our day.

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

Although the aspirations of UNPO Members differ greatly, they are all united by one shared condition – they are not adequately represented at major international fora, such as the United Nations. As a consequence, their opportunity to participate on the international stage is significantly limited, as is their ability to access and draw upon the support of the global bodies mandated to defend their rights, protect their environments, and mitigate the effects of conflict.

source: UNPO website/ About page

When I perused the UNPO list of member nations and territories, I was embarrassed to say how few I recognized; and I don’t think this is entirely an issue of my poor geography skills. I invite you to peruse through their member’s list page here. How familiar are you with these 46 nations or territories? Do you think they are represented on the international stage? What would it be like to live in a place that doesn’t have a voice? I believe UNPO is set on changing this inequity!

A Rocha doet mee met Dag van de Aarde Den Haag / A Rocha participates in Earth Day The Hague

 

Christenen met een groen hart

A Rocha is een internationale beweging van christenen die geboeid zijn door Gods schepping en zich inzetten voor haar

A Rocha Den Haag

A Rocha Den Haag

behoud. De naam A Rocha – ‘de rots’ – is Portugees en is ontleend aan het eerste veldstudiecentrum, aan de rotsachtige kust van de Portugese Algarve. De naam verwijst ook naar Jezus Christus, het is bevlogenheid voor hem die A Rocha in actie laat komen.

De waarden waaruit A Rocha werkt zijn vertaald in 5 C’s. Christian: onder alles wat we doen ligt het geloof in God de schepper die de schepping aan de mens heeft toevertrouwd en ons vraagt om daarvoor in beweging te komen; Conservation: het doen van onderzoek en het opzetten van natuureducatie; Cross-cultural: we focussen op samenwerking tussen mensen uit alle culturen omdat we milieuprobleem alleen met elkaar kunnen oplossen; Cooperation: we werken samen met organisaties en individuen die onze zorg voor de wereld delen; Community: we willen ons op lokaal niveau inzetten voor elkaar en de schepping en willen zo sterke relaties opbouwen die de plekken waar we wonen meer cohesie geven.

A Rocha Nederland

De visie van A Rocha is dat natuurbescherming alleen duurzaam effect heeft als het wordt gedragen door de lokale gemeenschap. Plaatselijk zetten werkgroepen zich in voor natuurbehoud in de eigen omgeving. Zij adopteren (natuur)gebieden om er in samenwerking met de eigenaar zorg voor te dragen. A Rocha Nederland werkt nauw samen met tal van andere natuurbeschermingsorganisaties.

A Rocha Den Haag

Vanaf begin 2014 zijn er ideeën ontstaan om ook in Den Haag een A Rocha werkgroep te starten. Als je meer informatie wilt weten over A Rocha Den Haag kun je mailen naar denhaag@arocha.org. Voor meer informatie over A Rocha Nederland en A Rocha International zie www.arocha.nl en www.arocha.org

Charlie Dee plays at Earth Day 2015

It seems that great things happen in two ways: through really hard work, or through sheer luck. The blessing of having Charlie Dee sing at Earth Day The Hague, The Netherlands is a story of sheer luck.

One of our coordinators met “Renee” at a silent retreat. “Although we couldn’t talk during the silence course we were allowed to laugh and even sing along to the evening songs. When fellow participant Renee sang, our entire group listened in awe, wondering if some sort of angel had come into the room.”

It wasn’t until the last day of the retreat that she approached Renee to see if she would be interested in singing at Earth Day. Who knew she was the famous Dutch musician Charlie Dee, and who knew she would say yes?

Singer-songwriter Charlie DeeCharlie Dee is a singer-songwriter based in Rotterdam who won De Grote Prijs van Nederland in 2004, has been called by De Gelderlander ‘one of the greatest talents in Dutch pop music’ and wrote ‘Ten Thousand Times’, a song she recorded with the famous Dutch artist Huub van der Lubbe, the frontman from de Dijk.

Charlie Dee will sing an acoustic set at Earth Day on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 12:00. Check out this youtube video of Charlie Dee. LIke it? Share this post with your music loving, earth-loving friends and lets fill the benches to hear her sing!

*We would like to give special thanks to Bezuidenhoutfonds for sponsoring Earth Day The Hague 2015’s musical performances. 

Bezuidenhoutfonds brings Guy Livingston and Charlie Dee to Earth Day Bezuidenhout!

We are pleased to announce that Bezuidenhoutfonds has decided to help sponsor our event, along with the Stichting Christus Triumfatorkerk, who has generously allowed us to use their meeting room and event center for the location of Earth Day 2015! What does this mean? We will be able to provide top quality musical performances by both Guy Livingston and Charlie Dee.

Guy Livingston is an internationally-renowned modern pianist, who has played prestigious venues throughout

Guy Livingston during the recording of One Minute More.

Guy Livingston during the recording of One Minute More.

the world, including performances as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, recitalist at the Centre Pompidou, The Louvre and the Moscow Conservatory among other locations. He has received significant press in both The New York Times and National Public Radio and he has recorded for Transatlantic, New World, Wergo and Mode Records.

He will give a 25 minute recital at the Earth Day Festival, with a selection of music from Gershwin and Debussy that explores the theme of water.

If you miss his Earth Day performance on Saturday, April 18th, you will have one more chance: Guy Livingston will be doing a benefit concert on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 20:00 in the Christus Triumfatorokerk. All proceeds will go to the repair of the Christus Triumfatorkerk church organ. Learn more about Guy Livingston’s notable career and current events here. Mr. Livingston is currently residing in The Hague.

We are also honored to have critically acclaimed Dutch singer-songwriter Charlie Dee performing at the Earth Day event. More information to follow!

Is The Netherlands environmentally-minded?

The Netherlands is a small, densely-populated country that has both pros and cons when it comes to sustainable living. This cover story featured in Access Magazine’s Spring 2015 edition, gives some insight into The Dutch approach to sustainability. Access the whole magazine  ACCESS Magazine Spring 2015 edition, or read the Cover Story ACCESS Spring 2015 (1) through this link.

Earth Day The Hague, Bezuidenhout event planned for Saturday, April 18th, 2015 is also mentioned in this article!