- On 8 October 2020
Indietopia supports the Fossil Free Weekend in the North of the Netherlands, which takes place from 9-11 October. The aim of this weekend is to gather 1 million fossil free and not-driven kilometres within three days. Every fossil free kilometre counts: from a bicycle ride to the gym or a bus trip to the shopping center to the kilometres you don’t make while working from home. Options vary from driving electric, on green gas, hydrogen or Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil to having a video meeting, cycling, walking and roller skating to get fit. Everyone can join in, from students to companies, neighbourhoods and villages. Sustainable micro events take place all throughout the North of the Netherlands, that show what our fossil free future can look like.
Examples that make an impact
Our team supports this fossil free initiative in various ways:
- Since March we have been mostly working from home, with regular video meetings to stay on track and also socialise with our colleagues;
- We mostly work online, which means less printing of documents and saving trees at the same time;
- Most of our team members cycle, walk or take public transport to travel to the office;
- During our lunch break and in our spare time we like to go for walks in and around Groningen.
Activity tips from our team
We’d like to share some of our favourite spots, so you can go out, explore and make plenty of fossil free kilometres:
- Stadspark / Piccardthof: Large city park, with its main entrance on the Concourslaan, housing a petting zoo, event area (the annual Bevrijdingsfestival for example), Chinese restaurant Ni Hao, Highland Cows and a frisbee course. On the outskirts of the park you’ll find the allotment gardens of Piccardthof. Enjoy a stroll in this peaceful community, along garden cottages and a wide variety of gardens;
- Westpark: nestled between Vinkhuizen and Hoendiep, this park runs around a large pond. A tiny house community and a public foraging garden are in development in this park. The pigs and guineafowls scurrying around the garden are a lovely sight;
- Hoornsemeer / Hoornseplas / Paterswoldsemeer: located on the southside of Groningen, various walking and cycling paths enable you to enjoy the lakes. Great for swimming, stand-up-paddling or sailing too during summer. For a coffee or lunch break you can settle at Beachclub Kaap Hoorn, Paviljoen van de Dame, de Rietschans or Restaurant de Twee Provinciën;
- Onlanden: wonderful area for cycling or walking, close to the Hoornsemeer. Bring your binoculars to spot various species of birds in this landscape of brook valleys and marshes, such as the skylark, bittern and spoonbill.
‘Het Fossielvrije Weekend Noord-Nederland’ is an initiative by ‘Stichting Fossielvrije Weken’. More information can be found on their website (in Dutch).