Vertical Gardening – Using Britta Riley’s Windowfarm project as inspiration for a vertical garden in your window to grow herbs or lettuces or for your kitchen. Collect 2 Liter plastic soda bottles. Invert each bottle and place holes throughout for plants to grow. Install a pole or dowel rod to hold each container and fill with soil after securing firmly to your window. Plant seeds, water and grow!
Moss Graffiti – Rather than using spray paint harness the power of moss to communicate an S.O.S. message. To create your growing medium you’ll need a clump of moss, 2 cups of buttermilk or yogurt, 2 cups of water, a teaspoon of sugar and a dash of vegetable oil. Blend all ingredients well and then spread on a cement or brick surface. Depending on climate, moss will begin to grow where you’ve spread your medium.
S.O.S. Brigade - In order to cultivate sustainable citizenship start an SOS Brigade in your community to build interest in a more sustainable future. Consider some of these suggestions to guide your process: • A Portrait of Your Community – Create a snap shot of your hometown and local community. What are some of the pressing social, cultural or political issues specific to your region? What’s the history of region or city? Who’s in charge, who are the mover and shakers? What do residents have concerns about and why? Create maps, flow charts and lists of relevant information to identify themes and focus areas. • Making it Political – In order to be a good citizen, you have to know how your community is politically oriented and activated. Are there any local organizations, clubs or spaces that are working toward sustainability or social justice? What are ways you can be involved in local politics, community decisions, zoning and planning in your area? Create a website or blog to document possibilities and begin to experiment with friends and neighbors. • Getting Involved on Your Own Terms – Now that you have a better understanding of your local socio-political landscape, get involved on your own terms and start small. Maybe attend a community board meeting or a city-sponsored event. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Organize a meet-up group for folks interested in ecological stewardship. It’s always better to have a collaborator – so try and get involved with someone who will hold you accountable to your participation in civic matters.
• Creating a Groundswell – After getting your feet wet, its time to begin your own initiative or collaborate with an ongoing campaign. Useart/ design strategies to motivate others to get involved and create a groundswell of support and community activism using online tools, workshops and neighborhood gatherings.
Mobile Classroom In section three Tattfoo shared his mobile classroom project. To help inspire a personalized version, use some of the suggestions below to guide your design:
• Weather Station: create a mobile classroom that measures rainfall, wind speed, temperature and can chart climate change trends
• Native Plant Archive: assemble an archive of native plant seeds, pressings and live plants that you can showcase to your community
• Bug Emporium: create a traveling bug and critter show that allows youth and communities to touch and view local insects and animals • Energy Machines: offer ways to demonstrate the power of renewable energy by providing solar and wind charging stations
MOTTO 4: TAKE ACTION Creative Activism Toolbox Taking “action” in your community can take many forms. Small gestures like hosting a potluck or talking with neighbors can go a long way. In holding ourselves accountable we open space for collective decision-making and collaborative work toward a more socially just world. To get started, consider some of the suggestions below:
• Identifying Key Issues: Identify local ecological and social issues that are threat- ening the health and sustainability of your community. Visit local non-profits, talk to neighbors, conduct research online and develop a list of focus areas
S.O.S. ACTION GUIDE SUPPLEMENTAL ACTIVITIES