Planet Local Examples
Canada, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning:
For over a hundred years, and up until 1996, First Nations young people all over Canada were taken from their homes — often by force — and put into residential schools designed to disconnect them from their lands, families, languages, spiritual traditions, and history.
In 2008, the Canadian government officially “apologized” for this wrong. And yet indigenous children today are still required to attend Western-style schools, where the political theories, spiritual philosophies, languages and practical skills that once would have been learned from families and elders will be forgotten.
This not only ensures dependence on the global consumer economy, it makes it far easier for oil, mining and logging companies to take control of indigenous lands and effectively destroy them. Read more
USA, Homeless Garden Project:
The high price of housing, combined with exceptionally high unemployment rates, contribute to homelessness in Santa Cruz, California. But the isolation and instability homeless people everywhere face are factors that in turn contribute to chronic homelessness. What’s more, many homeless people must struggle harder to keep minimum wage jobs which they don’t find personally meaningful. This presents an additional challenge – and only contributes to feelings of isolation and alienation.
For nearly thirty years, The Homeless Garden Project has been working to address these challenges by providing the homeless of Santa Cruz with job-training, community, and meaningful work, in a safe and therapeutic environment. They do so via two main programs: Natural Bridges Farm Program, and the Women’s Organic Flower Enterprise (WOFE). Read more