[Sorry this post is so late!]
Saturday, April 20, a weekend when environmentalists are gearing up for a week of awareness-raising, since this is the only week of the year where we focus on all the wonderful things the earth does for us, and all the horrible things we do for it. So with that context in mind, a group of us got together in Kitchener City Hall for a networking event. This group consisted of big and small players in the environmental sector in the Region of Waterloo – such the corporate-funded Ontario Environmental Stewardship, the established CarShare, and the newbies like TransitionKW and Citizens Climate Lobby.
The day began with breakfast and chatting, moved into a group shot in the rotunda, then the speaking began with Yvonne Fernandes (City Councillor – the brainchild of the event), followed by Felix Munger, who offered us tips on how good collaborations can happen. Trudy Bealne from the Social Planning Council of KW brought up our shared values exercise, which Nick discussed previously. The participatory part of the event was organized by the City of Kitchener Environmental Advisory Committee, which asked us to contribute to: What motivates you? What are your goals? What are your resources? What do you need? After those questions, we were asked to contribute to make a commitment to collaborating with others, while being as tangible as possible. Lots of people agreed to go out for coffee, or run an event together, or mention events on respective newsletters.
So our community of environmentalists is working together, little by little, and with these kinds of events, we are getting to know each other better, which will help us determine future projects of collaboration. Here’s hoping that this can make us stronger, and make this community a place for innovative environmental practices and projects to take place.