Being the first group of UWC students coming to volunteer at Place to B this morning at 8h, we were very excited and also a little anxious as to what we should expect and what would be expected from us. After getting our name badges for entry and coordination, we spent some time at the welcome desk and thus saw the masses of people slowly arriving – it was great to see how many people really are engaged in the events around the COP!
Then, we participated in an Urban Gardening Project offered by the Creative Factory of Place to B: Urban Gardening is the process of growing plants of all types and varieties in an urban environment. It’s great for reconnecting urban environments and “city people” with nature as well as increasing plant (and thereby animal) biodiversity in nature depleted areas. The workshop was led by a great group of people (http://smallbang.fr/ and http://oikos-ecoconstruction.com/) and those who joined in addition further increased the enthusiastically buzzing atmosphere.
The area which we made greener today is a commonly used street between Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est in Paris and the different boxes of soil are hoped to be a biodiversity-increasing channel for insects.
In case you want to try urban gardening, there’s a lot you can do, even with things that you probably have laying around at home. So, gather some plants/seeds, palettes, old pillows, soil and get gardening!
Dini Vermaat (Netherlands/ Benin), Dea Santi(Indonesia) and Johanna Stoye (Germany)
The pictures were taken by ourselves and are used with permission from PlacetoBCOP21’s flickr.