Paris: Action Kitchens
So one thing I'm going to try show you is the different ways people have been contributing to the climate action in Paris. One way I want to tell you about is through 'action kitchens'. This is actually something I personally love because these are basically collectives/kitchens that cook for the people. The thing about this food is that it's always vegan, it's usually made from organic or skipped food (i.e. reclaimed food that would've been thrown out) and it's by donation. Everyone who helps cooks is volunteers.
I actually started getting into this when I was in Amsterdam and helped out in a lot of kitchens. There they called it the folk's kitchen.
So on day two, I basically spent all day cooking at Jardin D'Alice. Kitchen collectives from all over Europe have actually come to Paris to help in cooking. So that day I was cooking with a team from Amsterdam and Switzerland.
And maybe some people might say cooking doesn't really help the environment or help causes directly. And maybe people might be like - "you went all the way to Paris to cut tomatoes?"
But yes, I did come all the way to Paris to cut tomatoes. And it made some pretty damn fine tabouleh.
Coming to Paris to cut a shitload of bread. The bread was baked by this cool guy that has a mobile bakery. So he goes around baking breads for the action kitchens. He also does delicious banana bread.
Flying 12,000km to do the dishes.
So you may not find all this that great or fun or inspiring. But for me, I just like it. I'd rather this than sitting in workshops about the climate or learning about this or that.
I just feel like I'm doing more here. I'm working with my hands, cooking good food and making something that I can share with other people. And even if some might say it's just food, it's important for me. :)
And you can see how it ends up playing a big role. Jardin D'Alice was the go-to place for a good, warm meal.
Pasta, on donation.
Like yes, perhaps it's not the most glam food. But I've realised I'm not really a glam person haha. I just like a good, hearty things.
So whilst most of the cooking for the entire climate movement was done at Jardin D'Alice, there were also mobile food vans, taking the food to where the people were.
When we went to one of the convergence spaces, they were outside serving warm soup.
I'm going to try explain why the feeling it's so nice, being able to fill your belly on a cold day with some soup for 1 euro.
And all these people are just sitting outside, eating together.
At another event we went to, a Friends of the Earth assembly, an action kitchen was also there serving dinner for 5 euros. I think one of the cool things about it is that it's vegan, which means almost everyone can eat it no matter their food decisions.
This has actually been something I've missed a lot. I miss the food and the cooking and the cause. And it's actually really cool how they do this and it actually happens quite a lot in Europe. I find it so weird because I feel like the same thing totally could not be done in Australia.
But one imagination I've had is how nice it would be to bring this sort of vibe, this concept, to Sydney. I thought I might one day like to have a van that serves up good food to people, where they need it. I'm not sure how welcome it'd be, how it'd go down, what run-ins with the law there might be. But I guess we might one day find out. :)