Recycling is more than just an idea as it was about twenty years ago, and saving the planet is still a fairly new concept to many. However these two functions go together like water and plants, and are as important as water is to plants. The world can no longer be treated as a trashcan by dumping waste and polluting through industry and everyday living. People must be shaken to wake up to the damage to the natural resources of the planet and especially in their own cities and back yards. In New Orleans there is no better way to arouse attention to a matter than to have a party. Having a good time for a good cause is one way to get New Orleanians to become aware of the environmental issues and when the party is free they are going to pay attention.
On the Summer Solstice (June 21), The Green Project wanted to celebrate their 20 year anniversary and teamed up with a few of its’ partners in clean, green, and restoration and threw a truly great party at City Park. Co-hosts of the grand event were Global Green, Gulf Restoration Network, Young Leadership Council (YLC), and Concordia Architects (celebrating 30 years). All of the organizations are doing their part to make New Orleans, Louisiana, and the nation practice a more environmentally safe and sustainable living lifestyle. Bobbie Hill of Concordia Architects elaborated on the event after a 30 year existence in eco-friendly designing, by expressing her admiration for the non-profit groups and pride for being in collaboration with them to celebrate the historic landmark in eco-preservation. Bobbie was delightful to speak with while she was serving refreshing bubbly beverages with a warm pleasurable smile. All of the staff of the host organizations were friendly and invitingly cordial while taking the extra measures to thoroughly explain their purpose and how relevant the mission is to recycle, teach, and preserve resources, along with protecting the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico. It should also be mentioned that these organizations are mainly staffed by volunteers who work tirelessly to recruit, educate, raise funds, and do the necessary hands-on work.
The Solstice Soiree site was the beautiful Peristyle at City Park and the evening air was comfortable and just as pleasant. The Peristyle is an oval pavilion of Rome style columns which provides an open-air enclosure, along side of one of the parks water systems of bayou replication. It was a picture perfect evening while Champagne was flowing with other refreshing treats and the sounds of three lovely women called The Honey Pots, along with the combined drum ensembles of Bamboula 2000 and the Congo Square Preservation Society. At the conclusion to the night the groups joined together to close out the affair as how most parties end in New Orleans. A solstice second line (dance) clearly marked the occasion with a stamp of quest and host approval alike.
Serving a dual purpose made the evening extra special for the environmental future of New Orleans and the enjoyment of culturally ingrained entertainment. It surely was a memorable occasion and a good vibe for the city in bringing awareness to the health and environment issues of the future.