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Monday, January 25, 2016

Netherlands teams up with Miami for conservation

On Saturday afternoon, The Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands joined the City of Miami for the Dutch Wave Environmental Festival at Peacock Park. Above are Henne Schuwer, Dutch Ambassador to the U.S. with Luiz Rodiruqez, Executive Director of ecomb (Environmental Coalition of Miami and the Beaches).


The Netherlands is moving closer to an economy where everyone works to minimize the waste of energy and materials. The City of Miami wants to ensure its residents can continue to enjoy a clean and sustainable environment. They are both are keenly aware of the effects of plastic waste on society. From left, Coconut Grove Police Commander Manuel Morales, Jacquelien Nienhuis, Deputy Head of Public Diplomacy, Netherlands' Henne Schuwer, Netherlands Ambassador and Kevin Kerwin, Director of Parks and Recreation for City of Miami.


Plastic if Forever booth, where kids made things from recycled plastic.
A long line of bags that go to the landfill.



The Dutch Wave Environmental Festival was a free event designed to inspire people to take action to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the ocean, their daily lives, and their communities at large. At the same time, Dutch Wave called upon people to use their creativity, innovation and imagination to come up with solutions that can contribute to solving the larger issue of “waste problems.” This "shopper" is wearing 500 shopping bags, the equivalent that each person uses in a year.

Police 
Commander Morales, Kevin Kerwin of Miami Parks, Ana Cristina Carrodeguas-Regalado, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Ambassador Henne Schuwer; Miami Dutch Consul General Nathalie Olijslager-Jaarsma.

The crowd was treated to delicious Voorn Croquettes and cheeses from Dutch Heerlijk! Goodies, both sponsors of the event.


The Dutch Wave Environmental Festival is the Miami Consulate’s kick-off event of the Netherlands Presidency of the European Union. The Netherlands holds the rotating presidency of the EU until June 30, 2016. During its EU Presidency, the Netherlands will lead the focus of the EU agenda on climate and energy policy, international security and migration, and innovation. For more about the Netherlands Presidency of the EU, visit english.eu2016.nl


Photos by Rafael Gutierrez

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plastic bags must be banned. Let's start by never using them. Then demand that stores we frequent cease to carry them, then demand legislation on the state and local level, then write our senators and congressmen.

Hawaii banned them a while ago, and ya know, they still buy groceries and seem to be doing just fine.

January 25, 2016 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, plastic bags weren't banned. The loop hole goes like this: If the plastic bag is made thicker, includes handles, and can be used multiple times it is not banned. So industry produced a thicker plastic bag with thicker handles and presto, the thicker bags take longer to degrade and are killing off more wildlife and birds than the thinner plastic bags. Jobie Steppe

January 25, 2016 2:20 PM  

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