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Have you heard these before?
Think globally, act locally
Buy locally . . .support your local economy
It takes a village to . . . .
There’s no free lunch in life . . .
Everybody needs a helping hand

All of these apply to Earth Day as well. Without the help of partners, community volunteers and sponsors, Earth Day The Hague 2016 would not be possible.

Thus, we would like to give credit where credit is due.

Earth Day The Hague has received the gracious support of the following organizations:

CTK-logoChristus Triumfatorkerk has chosen to sponsor Earth Day The Hague by making it a church-supported activity and providing their entire site for our use.Since the church relies on income gained from room rentals to cover the costs of maintaining such a large building, this is quite a generous gift! Speaking of ‘buying locally’,  are you planning a meeting or event and looking for a location? Consider renting at the Christus Triumfatorkerk.


LogoDDH      Duurzaam Den Haag signed on as a co-coordinator for ‘Haagse Dag van de Aarde’ or Earth Day The Hague 2016. This means they dedicated employee hours to help with coordination, planning and PR and contributed to the overall budget. This has allowed Earth Day The Hague 2016 to expand its program, including  more workshops and the addition of  keynote speaker Maurits Groen on Friday, April 22nd at 14:00. This means a broader audience and hopefully more visitors to attend workshops and visit the environmental non-profit and eco market booths. Special thanks go to Lennart van der Linde, who was the main coordinator from Duurzaam Den Haag for this event.

156714_fullimage_logo_nlEvents are fun to plan and a joy to visit, but as the saying goes, there’s no free lunch in life. Everything has costs, and when planning a public even, those costs can really add up! Thus, we are thankful for the generous donations received from two grants by Fonds1818 and The Gemeente Den Haag.
These funding organizations are approached by many a group and they must decide whom they will support. We are thankful that they viewed Earth Day The Hague 2016 worthy of funding.


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We are also happy to report that two Bezuidenhout businesses have sponsored our event: Joe’s Groente en Fruit Shop  located at Theresiastraat 236 and Bakkerij Hans en Frans Hessing, located at Theresiastraat 131 . This means the vegetables and herbs going into that lovely Syrian soup and salad will be sourced from a local business, as well as from pesticide-free origins. And the bread for sandwiches will be baked by your local baker!




Bakkerij Hans en Frans Hessing Theresiastraat 131


And last but certainly not least, we can not pull off such an event without a team of volunteers! We have approximately 25 volunteers working to make this event a success. And yes: It does take a village to bring Earth Day to The Hague.

Lezing Maurits Groen op Haagse Dag van de Aarde (22 april)

Maurits-Groen-website_000Op de Dag van de Aarde, vrijdagmiddag 22 april, geeft Maurits Groen als Duurzaamste Nederlander (Trouw, 2015) zijn visie op wat Nederland en de stad Den Haag te doen staan om het recente VN-klimaatakkoord van Parijs en de rechterlijke uitspraak in de Klimaatzaak in concrete maatregelen om te zetten.

Hij gaat in op vragen als: Hoe zorgen we dat de mooie woorden op papier ook in harde afspraken omgezet worden en uitgevoerd? Wat is daar op lokaal en nationaal niveau voor nodig? Betekent het Paris Agreement dat ook de uitspraak van de rechter nog aangescherpt moet worden?

cover-DeCirculaireEconomie-lowresSocrates Schouten, auteur van het boek De Circulaire Economie en actief voor het burgerinitiatief De Grote Transitie, geeft een eerste reactie. Daarna volgt het gesprek met de zaal.

De bijeenkomst is 22 april van 14:00-15:30 uur in de Christus Triumfatorkerk in de wijk Bezuidenhout (Juliana van Stolberglaan 154) met tot 16:30 uur een borrel. Dit is ook de dag waarop in New York het Paris Agreement ter ondertekening opengesteld wordt.

Haagse Dag van de Aarde – festival
Op zaterdag 23 april laten duurzame initiatieven zich zien op een informatiemarkt en in workshops van 10:00 – 15:30 uur op dezelfde locatie. De Haagse Dag van de Aarde is een initiatief van de Christus Triumfatorkerk i.s.m. Duurzaam Den Haag.

Art from Scrap Competition at Earth Day 2016

In 2016, Earth Day The Hague has two themes: Less trash, more Beautiful City and Green Energy.

First, let’s talk trash. Our goal is to make the whole process of trash more transparent and, through a number of activities and workshops, explain the importance of buying and recycling mindfully. Here are some ideas we hope to incorporate: buying second hand and doing clothing exchanges; purchase (hopefully Fairtrade) items with minimal packaging or make your own products (home made soap anyone?); upcycle; use your plastic items at least twice before recycling, etc).

We are also inviting local elementary schools to participate in a school-wide contest to create Art from Scrap. Each school is then encouraged to choose their top winners and bring them to Earth Day 2016 where a panel of professional judges, from artists and gallery owners to environmentalists, will award the top projects. We are inspired by artist Merijn Tinga, a.k.a The Plastic Soup surfer. This piece, entitled The Plastic Capman can be seen at the Victor Laurentius Gallery in New Babylon.


The Plastic Capman, by artist Merijn Tinga, also known as Plastic Soup Surfer. 

What happens when you throw your plastic bag in the recycling bin? Is it actually recycled or is it burned? Is it really better to recycle, or is just a gimmick of sorts? Well, according to this Upworthy article from 2014, every piece of plastic ever made still exists. That means, it never goes away; it only gets smaller and smaller. So what’s the point of recycling? Well, actually, “Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.  If you throw that plastic bag on the sand and it ends up in the ocean, what happens to it? Who cleans it up? If you throw something away, what is away? Where does it actually go?

We have invited organizations like Seafirst Foundation, Gemeente Den Haag trash and recycling division, and more to help explain these things to us.

Our second theme is exploring renewable energy as well as energy-saving ideas for your home and office. Renewable energy companies are invited to showcase their products and energy experts invited to make green energy choices more understandable, or user-friendly.

The final line up of workshops and participants is still in the works, but you can get updates here or on our Facebook page.

Mind gardening for Earth Day The Hague 2016

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.

Fine Fresh Foods vegan sun dried tomato and beet burger.

Fine Fresh Foods vegan sun dried tomato and beet burger.

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!)
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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.

Want to get involved? Let us know by leaving a comment to this post, or contacting us on Facebook. www.facebook.com/EarthdayNetherlands/

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).