Rant: The London GREEN Fair? Really?

8 Jun

I have absolutely nothing against holistic therapies, world music or ethnic jewellery, but why is it that the word ‘green’ is inextricably linked to all things boho and hippy?

The annual London Green Fair stepped up a notch this year, so on June 4th, I hopped along with high expectations of finding this, as the website says, a “free festival that reflects the green aspirations and achievements of London as a whole, as well as providing an enjoyable and engaging day out for people from all walks of life”. Umm. Not really. There was a fair bit of suspiciously fast-looking food and it seemed the focus was on world music, alternative lifestyles and the aforementioned ubiquitous market-stand jewellery. What’s green about that?

I did spot Rice Dream, The Land Trust, Riverford Organic, Capital Growth and Thrifty Couture stands – and a lovely corner (yes, corner) dedicated to permaculture. But that was pretty much it out of a whole – if somewhat thin – festival. Harrumph.

My apologies in advance to any other greenies I didn’t spot.

Comments welcome…

3 Responses to “Rant: The London GREEN Fair? Really?”

  1. Ms Wanda June 9, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Greenpeace were there. But I agree – they didn’t seem very clocked on to green social entrepreneurs who do some really amazing work.

  2. Anila June 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Ha, you hit the rant on the head, another thing that is frustrating is the amount of greenwash out there and how to tell what’s legit and what’s not. Don’t get me started on carbon offsetting lavish lifestyles hehe

  3. emily June 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    We at People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) were there in the rain on Sunday to get the capital to undertake hedgehog friendly gardening and to raise awareness for there decline (http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/hedgehog-street.html). I saw a few other campaign stands, but yes there was alot of trade and music. The kids section was great, educating children through fun (and messy activities). Free books (to reduce landfill) was also a great idea. The organisation in terms of recycling facilites and encouraging green transport was very good. Would like to see more information on how people can make a difference at an individual level. Bristol Festival of Nature is a great example without the ‘hippies’ as you say- http://www.bnhc.org.uk/home/festival.html. Any other events anyone can recommend?

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