On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
On Wednesday, I helped out with a field trip at The Secret Garden Project when a group of 5th graders came to celebrate Earth Week.
We taught them about composting and had them dig under leaves for the compost rich soil for planting. They then turned a sandy patch, raked in the nutrient rich soil and planted some night-blooming jasmine. After all the garden work, I normally read them a book about leaving a zero footprint, but since they were older school children, I had one of the students read the book aloud to her classmates.
A recent addition to the garden is the Wall of Kindness.
Any sort of item can be left at the giving tree for anyone in the community to take. I'm always looking for ways to pass along some of the things we no longer use, so look forward to leaving them here in the hopes that someone will take what they need.
The garden has really grown and is green and lush now.
But our temps have reached the low 90s this past week and it is only going to get hotter from here on out which means the garden will be slowing down over the next month.
When that happens, the murals will still provide some color to the garden.
As will our crochet covered trees.
We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
(Grace Lee Boggs)