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Green Guerrillas April 7, 2008

Filed under: alternative, education, environment, garden, local, social consciousness — terra @ 7:00 am

Here are some fun ways to go “green guerrilla” in your neighborhood.

Flowers make the world pretty

To brighten up construction lots, abandon property, and other urban blights, throw a “seed bomb” – “compressed balls of soil and compost that have been impregnated with wildflower seeds.” What began as no-till farming has turned into a great way to make a statement about sprawl, with pretty results.

Other Guerrilla Gardening techniques include taking over an abandoned lot, adding soil and compost, and planting a beautiful landscape that residents can be proud of.

Warm up your neighborhoodgreen

Knitters dubbed Knitta Please are warming up their communities by adding knitted pieces to otherwise cold, lifeless city blocks. They knit scarves for telephone poles or stair rails. They began in Houston, TX, and have spread their work to “Great Wall of China, Notre Dame Cathedral, Harlem, and Seattle Washington.” Graffiti? I think not.

Edina Tokodi is greening her neighborhood by adding live art installations throughout Brooklyn. She adds plants and moss, shaped like animals or abstract art, to bare walls in her urban landscape. She believes that “if everyone had a garden of their own to cultivate, we would have a much more balanced relation to our territories.” Check out some of her green guerrilla work at Inhabitat.

Pop up Reminders

Animals are popping up out of subway grates! The animals are made out of plastic bags, and every time the New York subway rushes by, it breathes life into the animal, making it stand up and remind you of its presence. This contribution by an unknown artist reminds us to think outside ourselves and see the impact our lifestyle is having on the planet. Here’s a video.


4 Responses to “Green Guerrillas”

  1. just passing through Says:

    maybe not graffiti, but is it pollution?
    what is the yarn made of?
    synthetics (like rayon or polyester)?
    is it biodegradable?

  2. terra Says:

    I think most knitters prefer natural fibers like wool or even organic cotton. Knitters go crazy for the most interesting textures, which don’t often come from synthetics. So, I would imagine that they take pride in their work and use natural yarn, which is biodegradable, for the Knitta Please projects. I think it’s just a fun way to warm up a cold city-scape. Metal and concrete can get a little boring. And there’s nothing biodegradable about them.

  3. I am sooo glad you brought attention to our beautafication effort. Most people appreciate the beauty we are trying to grow, but those that don’t are just negative nellies anyways so whatev

    peace be with you & assalam allakam, my sista

  4. Steve Thorn Says:

    Terra, are you interested in guerrilla gardening? Seems not too many people in the Canton/Akron area have heard of it, or are active anyhow. I’m trying to get folks interested. See guerrillagardening.org for more info, and hope to join you clandestinely planting by moonlight sometime!

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