Urban gardening Peace Project

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Under development by Burcu Eke-Schneider

According to United Nations general assembly's latest meeting which was on the 4 th of June 2020: 'the world requires transformation towards a culture of peace, which consist of values, attitudes and behaviours that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom , justice and democracy, all human rights , tolerance and solidarity , that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantee the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society.' https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5d94ec670c5b607d9c896795/t/5ef0c35f16217c2827e84d65/1592836959623/For+Peace_UN+Resolution_Establishment+of+Ministries+and+Departments+for+Peace.pdf

A solution for reducing the power of drivers of injustice in the context of sustainable urban development :

The Urban Gardening Peace Project is located on the grounds of the Alevi community of Wuppertal (AKM) and works closely with several actors in the hearth of the city.The community garden invites different cultures and actors to establish a peaceful relationship with each other and at the same time to resume the dialogue with nature.The vision of the pilot project is to create in the sacred place a nature-based conflict transformation model while facilitating intercultural knowledge exchange processes.Thus, this creative "Peace-building and Conflict Transformation" project has a cultural and social dimension as well as a scientific approach to reduce the power of the drivers of injustice in the context of sustainable urban development which gives us a chance to understand the root causes of problems at the micro level and it is an important intervention to prevent continuous violence.It is possible to develop a common understanding that works with inclusiveness.

First, it can apply an inclusive method of just urban transition that respects the diversity of cultural backgrounds and ethnicity. Secondly, it can change the behaviour and attitudes of those involved towards an environmentally friendly life. Finally, it can convey the new meaning of "collective struggle for a common future" in different languages, cultures and sacred places.

✌️🌱☮️We are a group of peace thinkers..

  • Inclusivity

We cordially invite everyone to participate in our peace project, regardless of age, gender, political views or origin. Previous knowledge of gardening or peace work is not required.

  • Strengthening of women

We would like to encourage women in particular to participate in the project and further strengthen their social significance. It is important to us to include their creativity and their great collective knowledge about plants and seeds, medicinal properties etc.

  • Peace

We are determined to create and maintain peace. The framework we have created should be understood as a protected space. We do not tolerate defamation or violence towards other people, neither in language nor in behaviour.

  • Climate Justice

In our peace project we feel obliged to contribute to more climate justice in an urban environment. We would like to contribute to the reflection on a more sustainable and just life and to a more conscious behaviour.

  • Biodiversity

The Peace Garden is intended to contribute to the greatest possible biodiversity in urban areas. Nature is a network of the most diverse forms of life, everything is connected with everything else. With the Peace Garden, we respect the dependence of humans on nature as part of nature.

Workshop Examples in our Peace Garden :

Parallelly to the first exchange about plants and sustainable cultivation methods, a space was created which actively offers solutions for the inclusion of transformative urban development. A first example for this purpose will be the multilingual "Nature and Art" workshop with the opera house of the city of Wuppertal, which illustrates how art and nature are connected and how the citizens can think more creative in an urban realm. Another example will be a lecture by a feminist nature expert about "Women and nature in the context of social inequality of the sexes". It will address the representation of women's roles in various cultural contexts, ways and perspectives out of social inequality. This approach aims to transform the knowledge in a Real-Laboratory * https://wupperinst.org/en/a/wi/a/s/ad/4947/ World. In this process we proposed new identities to facilitate knowledge sharing between actors. For this purpose peace garden was created as a social-spiritual-political free zone in the cultural centre of the Alevi community. All these activities were scheduled in Spring 2020 but had to be postponed because of the current pandemic.

The Third side approach with new identities:

An Avantgardenist is a person who works in nature to establish an agro-ecological relationship between plants, people and animals - especially between women and nature. Avantgardenists engage experimentally, radically or transformatively often using scientific and artistic strategies. An eco-mediator is a person who establishes dialogues between different urban actors and using 'nature' as a constructive tool.

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Contact Info : wuppertalforpeace@gmail.com