"Please don't be depressed. Don't dwell on the big picture. Because that's more than any sensitive person can ever endure. Remember all we've achieved in history, all the changes we've made in this very small time of animal rights activity." - Ingrid Newkirk.
The above quote is something I need to remind myself of often as an animal and environmental advocate. The big picture can be overwhelming. But for as many people who don't give a second thought to animal welfare or the well-being of our Earth, there are passionate people everywhere standing up for these causes.
I met many of these eco guardians at a volunteer appreciation dinner held by the Hackensack Riverkeeper. The event came at the perfect time...the same day my spirits were down, as my company inexplicably decided to start regularly supplying free, unlimited Poland Spring water bottles. Just when our office kitchen was becoming so green! Among the volunteers I met was a school administrator who works with his children to collect bottle caps to send to Aveda, who recycles them into caps and bottles, as well as a woman who works for the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, which strives to save our open land from development.
Onto the night's events. There was a festive pirate theme, and catering was by Jamaican Delight Restaurant, 463 S Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ.
Eco-friendly cups and plates, and delicious veggie food.
I couldn't indulge in the non-vegan dessert, rum raisin ice cream, although I did find a vegan recipe, should you have an ice cream maker (I don't).
There was a tricky tray raffle. This fair trade coffee and organic chocolate had my name written all over it. I didn't win.
Aveda Bottle Cap project
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
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