This weekend’s London Green Fair (nee Camden Green Fare) saw the usual blend of activist stalls, practical help, music, fun and all topped off with not very summery weather. Taking place over both days of the weekend the fare mixes talks on “eco” topics, stuff to by, stuff to do and the kind of general ambling common to festivals everywhere.
Last year’s fair saw it bucket down and hefty winds so the rather grey weekend was a real step up from there, and the people we spoke to certainly seemed to be having a good time. There was plenty to choose from for green folk, whether that be Camden Council’s rather good tent of “things they offer”, to campaigning stalls, to free books, to plenty of stalls with things to grow.
There is a slightly odd note to the fair in that it is a “green fair” in the sense that there is a green theme but if you looked at the tents, the musics, the loos and the food it’s basically organised like any fair, with no real attempt to run the fair in an ecologically friendly way. That’s a shame because it does tend to imply that an environmentally sustainable society is one that thinks green thoughts and makes token efforts but is one that is “done” in essentially the same way as we do things now. I’ not sure that’s right.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s no place for purism – but if you can’t organise a green fair in a green way, what can you? Surely it should be an opportunity to showcase in a fun way the kinds of things we could do more of? Oh well, people had a good time anyway and there were lots of groovy right-on people there to play with.