Street art is often used as a powerful visual communication tool between artist and society. Through the Audubon Mural Project, the National Audubon Society and Gitler &____Gallery have teamed up with a band of talented artists to create a series of murals depicting climate-threatened birds.
The National Audubon Society strives to protect and advocate for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Gitler &_____ Gallery, owned by Avi Gitler, showcases rising artists, “original craftsmen and visionaries” in their gallery space and also in pop-up galleries throughout the city. … DIVERSE MURALS IN NEW YORK CITY HONOR AMERICAN BIRDS
Many people are drawn to the places where the land meets the water. Our planet is over 70 percent water and our bodies over 60 percent, so feeling innately connected to this element kind of makes sense. The vast, moving bodies of water that we can encounter at beaches, cushioned by warm sandy beds, are particularly soothing to some. Scientists, sociologists and psychologists have long studied why. … GET TO THE BEACH – IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!
Vertical forests and farms are green spaces in which plants grown in stacked layers instead of horizontal rows. They increase urban plant biodiversity while decreasing sprawl (by growing up instead of out). … URBAN PLANTS GROW UP: VERTICAL FORESTS AND FARMS
Farm-to-table business models allow customers to enjoy meals created with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. While in the strictest sense of the term, farm-to-table eating happens on a farm itself, farm-to-table, farm-to-fork and even farm-to-school or –hospital movements focus on serving food from farms in the nearby vicinity of the kitchen, often within a 100 mile radius.
Many communities are home to “food deserts,” or areas where grocery stores are inaccessible due to distance or cost. Food deserts can form because of deficits in public transit, high food prices, residents not owning vehicles or having limited mobility for various reasons, or other factors. Some areas, including Washington D.C., are lucky to have mobile food markets, which aim to alleviate this difficulty. Retired city and school buses have been turned into food and farmers’ markets in order to distribute fresh food to undeserved neighborhoods in many areas, including D.C., St. Louis and Toronto. … RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS
If you have ever woefully thrown out an appliance or piece of furniture because you didn’t know how to fix it, a “Repair Café” may be just what you are looking for. These Cafés are community organizations that bring together fixers and tools with people who have broken things. The repair experts may be hobbyists, pros or retired experts who have skills and time to share with their community. Café’s typically meet in spaces such as community centers, libraries or art centers, or may have a more permanent designated location. … REVIVE YOUR BROKEN BELONGINGS AT A REPAIR CAFE!