Waveney Warth (left) who has pledged to not create any household waste for a year, with Campbell Live reporter Natasha Utting, at Green Drinks on the Rainbow Warrior (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov
It's a tough life working on a Greenpeace ship. Sometimes we have to have parties, for which we're donated lots of yummy organic food (thank you Pure Fresh), for which the sun is usually shining and to which a whole lot of lovely people come. This occasion is otherwise known as Green Drinks. We hosted our first one
in Auckland and we held the second last night in Lyttelton. Green drinks is an international movement where people working either explicitly or vaguely in the environmental movement get together. A Green Drinks group in Christchurch (which has been up an running since about October last year) helped coordinate last night's instalment.
Once again, Lyttelton put on a brochure evening. And even better, we had lured a couple of local musicians (The Eastern) down to the ship to perform, so banter was backdropped by the sound of banjos, guitars and harmonicas.
One guest was a Christchurch woman by the name of Waveney Warth (pictured above), who to the naked eye looks like any other New Zealander. But she's not. Waveney and her husband Matthew have
The Eastern Band on board for Green Drinks (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov
not to create any household waste for a year. Easier said than done. Think about the majority of things you buy; how much plastic and packaging it comes in. Pretty much everything we purchase in encased in layers of superfluous wrapping; it's like pass the bloody parcel sometimes. Some is recyclable, but a lot isn't, which is why what Waveney and Matthew are doing is so commendable. Last night when I talked to her, she'd just gone through the long and drawn out drama of sourcing reels of dental floss that had no packaging. "I haven't flossed for two months!" she said. Such personal sacrifice! Check out the couple's challenge at www.rubbishfreeyear.co.nz
For more information on green drinks, go to greendrinks.org, and see the New Zealand section.
Waving goodbye to the Esperanza (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov
Finally, this morning we waved off our friends on the Esperanza, which is heading to Auckland en route to the Pacific. It was a sad moment. Greenpeace will not longer comprise such a significant proportion of the Lyttelton population and there will be noticeably fewer dialects at the bar.