Earth Day, food justice, garden, gardening, Next Course Pasadena, sustainable food, sustainable living
Today is Earth Day and this past weekend was filled with all kinds of festivals, lectures, classes, etc. to commemorate the day. I am glad that we have a day to celebrate the earth, to raise awareness, to bring people together around common interests and to educate. This is good. However, I think most of us agree that it takes an everyday commitment to honor our planet, and by doing so, we make changes within our own lives and hopefully are getting creative and working hard to create change on a larger scale.
I walked through a beautiful Earth Day festival to attend the first of a series of meetings where the attendees will try to do just that. A call was put out to gather people from all over Pasadena/Altadena who are involved in food justice and sustainable food projects to begin a dialogue about how we can work together to strengthen the movement toward a healthier, sustainable food system. There were people there from faith-based organizations, community garden organizers, school garden coordinators, school chefs, master gardeners, entrepreneurs, folks who are working to change policy regarding urban farming and food production, individuals, and so many more; An inspiring group of people.
The meeting was just an introduction, a place for everyone to say who they were and that they were interested in this dialogue. A few broad, guiding goals were presented. Now it is up to those who show up, come to the next meeting, and the next to figure out how to make bigger change happen in our community. The Next Course Pasadena dialogue feels like a good effort toward something bigger.
Happy Earth Day!
And, to leave you with some further inspiration, take a look at this Ted Talk. Ron Finley creates and fights for gardens in South Central Los Angeles.
Didn’t realise it was Earth Day and by sheer fluke I have just got back from gardening club where I was congratulating the children on the successful show of seedlings from the first round of seed sowing, commiserating them on the loss/non show of some of the seedlings and then happily helping them sow replacements and new seeds.
Very rewarding and it helps them to start to appreciate that not everything in life comes off a supermarket shelf and not everything in life works first time a round.
Happy Earth Day 🙂
Born To Organize said:
Great post! I love the Ron Finley clip. I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago on Facebook. You’ve inspired me to share it on my own blog as well.
Happy Earth Day!
Alex @ northstory said:
I can’t wait to start gardening again! We’re still too cold here to get things planted but in a few weeks I’m getting in there with my kids and digging up some dirt and planting seeds. Love all your garden photos!