Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend Green Drinks hosted by The Local Good with my friend Sarah from Childish. Green Drinks is a “a simple, unstructured event that brings together environmentally-minded Edmontonians in a relaxed, agenda-free evening of networking and great conversation”.
Since neither of my projects are particularly “green” I was a little concerned that I would be a fish out water; that I’d be spoken to about green house gases and sustainability issues that I knew nothing about. This is not to say that I didn’t want to learn about these issues, I just had nothing to bring to the table other than my curiosity.
Each month Green Drinks has a new theme, this past week the theme was about celebrating activism and advocacy in Edmonton. With organizations ranging from local land sustainability, water conservation, building water wells in Kenya to Green Peace there were an amazing array of Edmontonians doing their bit to help others and raise awareness for issues in Edmonton and around the world.
It wasn’t just about the issues although hearing about the amazing projects being carried out in Edmonton was really cool. Held at The Common on 109th street, Green Drinks brings together a vast mixture of people from environmentalists to bankers and tech experts. It’s a room full of people that care about Edmonton and want to make it better. Also, Green Drinks is just that, it’s in a lounge, we were all there to have fun as well as connect and Sarah and I sat in a corner eating food and there were no kids bugging us to go to the bathroom or ask if it was time to go. Perfect.
The next Green Drinks will be held on May 1st and more events are in the works with Green Dinners and more!
As for The Local Good why do they organize these events? The Local Good is “all about community” and getting “excited about ways to live a bit more simply and sustainably.”
As citizens we must support our local businesses as well as supporting each other.