On 30th of April we had our 4th Repair Café in Kaņepes Kultūras Centrs. Because of Rīga Bike Week and Critical Mass cycling event this time it was devoted to bike repairs. This event was a success: the people and the sun were there!
About thirty five people came during this afternoon to fix their own bikes. These people were helped by the bike master crew Fricis, Reinis, Krišjānis, Artūrs and Diego. Around ten participated in a workshop to realize rain cover seats, led by Jana. We also had the chance to check out some freak bike made by Apokalipses Jatnieki. Besides that, almost twenty peoples took the opportunity to try homo ecos juice bike!
I would like to thank first of all KKC to allowed us to realize this 4th Repair Café in this beautiful place, all the participants and all the persons named above. I want to warmly thank Lasma, Krišjānis and Piet who worked to implement this 4th Repair Café, without them this event wouldn’t exist.
Nowadays people are used to throw away items directly when it doesn’t work anymore. In this way they are not trying to find a solution and aren’t thinking it could be fixed. That’s why the Repair Café concept is important in changing people’s mindset. People bring broken items from home to be fixed and some specialists are present to show them and help them with the repair. It’s an ongoing learning process.
Foreseen obsolescence is a reality. The Repair Café concept fights this issue and it’s a very good way to kindle enthusiasm people for a sustainable society. Earth’s resources are being depleted too fast and we depend on these. That’s why we have to take care of the Earth. This protection could be done with the three R’s of the environment: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Our planet needs our help. Repair Café is a small event but it allows us to raise awareness about environmental issues. Moreover this event energizes also the sense of belonging to a community which is crucial to mobilize our individual energies.
More Repair Café will be organized in Rīga with new ideas and new concepts. See you soon!
Activity is happening within the project “Green up!”, co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.