Mami will turn 1 in a few weeks, and so I found and wore my thinking cap. Uneasy I was wearing this cap on a head that dreams of a ¨Green Children’s Party¨ in Nigeria. How could I possibly organize a children’s party without all the waste that usually comes from food, decor and the baba of them all…party packs, usually a plastic bag filled with inferior plastic items? I have seen children leave excitedly with their packs, only to begin the destruction right before the party ends, or just a few hours or days after the party. I don’t like it….QED, HOHAAA!!!!! Not because the children are naturally destructive, but because they are children, and would easily destroy anything not built to last. Moreover for some of these children, they desperately don’t need these items……. they have been to so many parties, they own way too many toys and gifts, and therefore really won’t attach any value to most of the items. I dream of a party where every item would be valued, and used in a sustainable manner, and yes, by children. Yes….. it’s possible to start teaching them about minimalism, conservation, protection, recycling, and how not to waste early. I’m still trying to figure out how to bring this green dream alive. I will share in another post how I worked it out or not, perfectly or not.
Every child deserves to be happy on their special day, and for the rest of their lives, but making them happy while wasting earths’ resources would amount to compromising their access to vital resources in the future. If we continue using without care and consideration, a Christmas without harmattan is eminent for children in this part of the world, just as the dream of a white Christmas might become far fetched for children some countries away. I’m still dreaming of my green party. Any ideas?