News - November 30, 2011

Climate change with a musical tint

Warm jumpers, a crackling log fire and your very own mug brimming with Fair Trade coffee. That was the backdrop for a house concert on Monday evening in the Woeste Hoeve.

Thomas de Jong, a member of the student society Navigators (NSW), was woken from his sleep last Sunday by a telephone call from 3FM. He had won a house concert by the Warme Truien Tour. That took place on Monday evening in the Woeste Hoeve.
Tea lights and bowls of pepernoten cookies on the table created a homely atmosphere in the student flat pub. In complete silence, the audience listened with fascination to the acoustic performances of singer-songwriter Sara Lois, Mensenkinderen (of Bergpop fame) and Rogier Pelgrim. Strumming a guitar, they filled the air with songs, and each had a story to tell.
The performance by the Warme Truien Tour was a prize from Xnoizz, a programme of the Christian channel EO on 3FM. 'You can enter a location and a good discourse on its site,' Thomas relates. 'NSW celebrates its Dies Natalis this week and had nothing planned for Monday evening. Relaxing with good music and great-tasting coffee seemed to me just the thing for this rest day.'
The musical climate campaign is an initiative by the Christian aid organization Tear. It goes to special locations such as an old fort, a farmhouse and the heather fields in Ede. 'During the event, the heater is turned off, the warm jumpers are put on and we pause to ponder on the consequences of climate changes,' says Timo den Hartog of Tear. Unfortunately, the heater in the Woeste Hoeve is connected to the rest of the flat. Despite an opened door, the warm jumpers became unnecessary very quickly. Not very environmentally friendly, but the location was great. 'Is there a better place in which to talk about the climate than Wageningen? We will surely come back again during the next tour.'