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Otherwise and the Seriously Sustainable Week

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October 19, 2016

Last week the yearly Green office organized Seriously Sustainable Week was on again! With an overwhelming wave of activities the Green Active Network made itself known once more to the Wageningen student community and staff and so did Otherwise.

I myself sure didn’t manage to go to all the activities I would have liked to have attended. I had to make choices on a daily basis. Thus it happened that I still haven’t seen Samuel in the Clouds (yes, go see it and I’ll come with you!!!);  that I didn’t go see the Documentary on Climate change ‘Disruption’;  that I didn’t go to the launch of the Sustainability Book club by RUW Foundation and that I didn’t go to the Symposium on Sustainable Palm Oil.

However, Otherwise Foundation did make its own contribution to the full program of the Seriously Sustainable week on two occasions.

On Monday Otherwise Foundation joined the Sustainability market with their Tax Haven game. Through asking people about their knowledge on tax havens Otherwise Foundation aimed to increase awareness around the link between tax eviction and the loss of opportunities to invest in public goods, primarily in the developing world, including in sustainability promoting projects.

On Tuesday we had our very own Lazy Gardening for in your kitchen workshop organized in the Forum building. At 17:15 we were there with delicious vegan burritos, empty Cola Cola bottles, sourced from a party of two weekend before, a bag of earth, scissors, seeds, some tape and wrapping paper and a plan.  With 12 people attending the number of attendees was just right.

  • Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

    Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

  • Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

    Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

  • Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

    Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

  • Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

    Photos Lazy Gardening Workshop

Since I came a little late due to some traffic troubles we quickly got started when I arrived. As is the case with many lifehacks (including the sustainability minded ones) it is not really hard to make a self-watering plant pot, but you do need to know how to do it, get the materials together and to make some time to put them together.  That is exactly what we helped the workshop participants do!

Soon enough everybody was happily cutting apart their bottles, sometimes asking for further instructions , but generally just really having fun together. The vibes were real nice and the burritos were gone almost before I had a chance myself to taste them and boy they were good!

Thank you all for participating in the workshop and we hope to see you soon again, like for example at the Food4All festival which will be held at the end of November.