Do you think green spaces are disappearing in your neighborhood? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the importance of creating and preserving green spaces in our #DoNowGreen post. We asked students, Are there areas in your neighborhood that could or should be transformed into green spaces? Or, are there existing green spaces that should be preserved? Take a picture of one of these spaces or simply take a picture of plant life growing in an unexpected area.
Starting in the 1970s, people marked April 22nd as Earth Day, a day reserved to raise global awareness about environmental issues. The global theme this year is “Green Cities.” Currently, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and it is expected by 2050 that the number will rise to least 67%. However, this expected increase in urban population also means green spaces may be pushed out as buildings, highways and other structures will be built to accommodate the growth. In response to increased urbanization, people in cities around the world have been working towards changing our relationship with neglected spaces like vacant lots and potholes. For example, London artist Steve Wheen, or the Pothole Gardener, brightens commuters’ days by planting flowers in potholes in the streets and on the sidewalks.
Students focused the discussion on the importance of preserving green space, often tweeting pictures of green space in their neighborhoods, famous green places around the world and even spaces that had the potential to be turned into a park. The majority of students agreed that more attention needs to be placed on preserving and creating green space because these areas are inheritably beautiful and create peaceful environments for everyone to enjoy.
Why do we need green space?
Students talked about how green spaces make the world a better place.
— Scotty Hong (@hong_hongscotty) April 24, 2014
— Nuria González (@ngonzalezba) April 27, 2014
— Serina Kou (@KouSerina) May 7, 2014
What green space do you see in your neighborhood?
Many students also discussed what green spaces look like at home.
— K Fah (@18kfah) April 23, 2014
@JosselynTooGood that is very nice. It seems calming.
— DéShawn Webb (@deshawnwhke) May 5, 2014
— Cristina Rubio (@Cristina_RubioC) April 27, 2014
What can we do?
Others proposed ways to preserve or create more green spaces around the world.
— Beatrice Nguyen (@Beatricenguyenn) May 2, 2014
— Brittney Deckard (@b_deckard) April 25, 2014
— TheRealJWelk (@TheRealJWelk) April 28, 2014
The strength of nature
Some students commented on how nature can grow even in the unlikeliest of places.
— Mariah Puente (@lovablelilme) April 28, 2014
Take a look at some of the amazing photos students shared of green space they’ve seen in hometowns and beyond in response to our #DoNowGreen post.
— Silvia (@sanmiblanco21) April 28, 2014
— Ishani (@18igup) April 23, 2014
— Carlos Ramos (@Carlos_Ramos_SC) April 25, 2014
— Eva García Patón (@EvaGarciaPaton) April 28, 2014
Some students from Coppell, Texas created vine videos that explored green spaces in their neighborhoods.
Here is just one video to check out:
— Kara Peterson (@karapetersonnth) April 23, 2014