Park(ing) Day is a global event which invites you to reclaim metered parking spaces and transform them into places dedicated to well-being: parks, playgrounds, art exhibitions …
As in more than 100 cities around the world, Brussels as its own Critical Mass movement (Masse Critique in French). Every last Friday of the month, cyclists gather at a specific point in town, form a Critical Mass, and follow an improvised itinerary… it’s that simple. The idea behind Critical Mass is that when there are enough participants, cyclists and not cars get to set the rules as to how people move around town. The mass of cyclists naturally imposes its rhythm to the flow of traffic.
PlaceOvelo organizes these monthly Critical Masses in Brussels to increase the number of cyclists around town, demand for better cycling infrastructure, have fun, meet friends, experience a better future today, …
Check out PlaceOvelo’s main page page for info on the next Critical Mass. Meeting time and place for the next event are at the very top of the page.
Fair Trade is about giving you the power to help reduce poverty. Several events happening around town in May will help you make sure your friends, colleagues and workplace are also part of the solution, it up to you to spread the word! Pointing them towards tebiki’s Fair Trade shops in Brussels page is a good way to start.
- May 5th – The Salon Your Choice trade fair brings together suppliers of Fair Trade, organic and local food as well as NGOs. This is the place to go if you need help in making your organization (school, shop, workplace, …) take a big step in making the world a better place by switching to Fair Trade. The fair will take place on Thursday 5th May, between 10am and 5pm at the Atelier des Tainneurs.
- May 12th – Max Havelaar (The Belgian branch of the Fairtrade International) organizes Fairtrade@work. This is your opportunity to engage with your colleagues and help move your workplace in the right direction. The event provides resources on:
- Engaging with your cafeteria manager to make Fair Trade products available everyday
- Engaging with your site manager about switching to Fair Trade coffee
- Engaging with the buyer responsible for uniforms about buying Fair Trade cotton
- Engaging with your events manager to make sure the gifts and awards your company buys are Fair Trade
Quite often, these people will not even be aware that better alternatives exist to the products they buy, you can help change that around.
- May 13th – Fairtrade@school is a similar program for children and teenagers who want to make a difference by spreading the word about Fair Trade. Max Havelaar and Oxfam are calling on students and teachers to organize competitions, challenges, conferences, art projects… around Fair Trade.
Expect to see other events around the 14th of May, world Fair Trade day.
ieb, short for Inter-Environnement Bruxelles, is a non-profit bringing together around 80 neighborhood committees, associations and individuals around projects aimed at improving the quality of life in Brussels.
ieb is a common platform for sharing expertise, information and ideas for all matters related to urban development, social, environmental, housing and transportation affairs. It also acts as a central watchdog and representative body for all its members.
ieb conducts impact assessments, makes proposals and defends local communities during public enquiries related to neighborhood developments. They also publish reports and defend community rights related to larger city-wide developments, such as the widening of the ring around Brussels, public policies related to high-rise constructions or changes in the Stib network.