Love your House!

(Zie onderstaande voor Nederlands)

Huisje Houvanjehuis_egaal.pngHou van je Huis (Love your House) is a program organized through the Municipality of The Hague to advise homeowners on how to save energy in the home. They can also inform you about  about subsidies available for both roof and floor insulation. Hou van je Huis works with VvE balie, and they can also provide a free energy scan and hot water heater check for homeowners.

Come visit their booth this Saturday April 21st at Earth Day The Hague and you can sign up directly for that free energy scan or hot water heater check! In addition, Jetty Kurhaus will be at the booth with information on how you can receive a B-label on your home (the year your home was built plays a role of course).

IN HET NEDERLANDS

Huisje Houvanjehuis_egaalMet het project “Hou van je Huis” adviseert de gemeente particuliere woningeigenaren over energie besparen.

Er zijn subsidies beschikbaar voor dak- en vloerisolatie, we werken veel samen met de VvE balie, en we kunnen ook gratis energiescans en ketelchecks aanbieden voor woning eigenaren in Den Haag.

 

  • Op die dag kan ik direct inschrijven voor een energiescan of een ketelcheck. Ik neem verschillende kaartjes mee met maatregelen hoe je je woning (met een bepaald bouwjaar) naar een B-label kunt krijgen. Jetty Kurhaus van Hou van je huis neemt info mee over de subsidie regeling en wat monsters van isolatie materialen. Een hele handige kaart met maatregelen hoe je energie kan besparen door gedragsverandering etc.
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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.

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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.

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!