This week we all get to celebrate Earth Day and figure out how in the world we do something about the climate crisis given the Coronavirus lockdowns. But, you see, Earth Day could not be more relevant given the Covid-19 pandemic. Because, if we do not act very soon to reverse the effects of global warming, we could well recover from the Coronavirus public health crisis only to step into an even bigger one with the climate crisis.
Given that DSP, as a rewilding park for environmental art, is all about doing something about climate change we thought we would share our 5 pledges for Earth Day.
Pledge 1: To become a place that not only focuses on the environment – environmental art and natural solutions to the climate crisis – but also becomes better at making the link to healthier living including less waste, healthy eating and healthcare. Also, to develop art installations and projects that highlight health issues, including Covid-19, and health workers and care heros.
Pledge 2: To accelerate the development of our wild kitchen gardens so that they provide an increasing proportion of the food sourced for DSP and for local communities.
Pledge 3: To push ourselves to produce ever more digital content about our daily activities and insights at DSP so that we can educate audiences more widely about climate issues and practical, mass audience solutions to the climate crisis (see DSP Online).
Pledge 4: To use our rewilding project to accelerate plantlife growth beyond our walls by making our seeds, plants and tools for wildlife gardening more widely available.
Pledge 5: To help DSP’s inspiring collection of environmental artists and sculptors to become more widely known and more influential in the environmental world as well as the art world. To help us to better understand their art and how it helps to communicate and challenge us on climate issues. To educate and inform wider communities of artists about sustainable and environmentally sound practices and approaches.
What are you planning to do for Earth Day?