From the Guerilla Gardening front (Gppgle / It’s Getting Hot in Here)

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News from the front: Guerrilla Gardening

Published by Morgan, June 8th

We are global warming solutions, and we’re taking matters into our own hands everywhere. Usually we think of the front of climate action as directly opposing new coal plants, challenging political leaders to be climate champions, or fighting for victories on campus. However, in addition to the most strategic campaigns, (which we sorely need) we also need action everywhere, on everything imaginable, to reshape the face of our civilization. In this spirit, the New York Times magazine gives us a report from a different front line, but one that I say is just as much a part of our movement: guerrilla gardening.

I like this tactic because its proponents grow and nurture two ideas in people’s minds; people can be a positive force in the world around them, and we need to take matters into our own hands. Guerilla leader Reynolds complains, “We respect public space by not degrading it: not littering, not vandalizing. But we rarely consider what we might contribute to it. Consequently, the common areas of our cities wind up belonging to none of us rather than to all of us equally.”  The idea that random activity can have a hugely positive effect on the world around us?  Preposterous!


Guerrilla gardening is not a substitute for the strategic campaigns we need. But it is part of the movement that is mobilizing as many people as possible to become empowered and build a just and sustainable society.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.