Plants For All
A Peacemaking Project by Finland's LIYLS 2018 delegation ..
What is the injustice we are solving?
Right now our school yard is incredibly boring: it mainly consists of the parking area. Our mission is to make the yard more cozy by planting perennial plants with the help of our school's students. (The more there are plants the less there's carbon dioxide in the air!) We believe our project will help to improve the school's team spirit, as well as obviously make the yard look more welcoming. And when the yard looks nice, more people are going to spend their breaks outside, which will improve their health. We'll also try to get more garbage bins - that way the area will stay cleaner, and Mother Nature will thank us.
5 April 2018 15:27
We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.
If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.
If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!
6 March 2018 17:23
I'd encourage you to dig a bit deeper into whether you are articulating an injustice or an inconvenience and make sure you pick a genuine injustice to focus on -- there may be many ways this work is related to an injustice, but it might just take a little bit more thinking about what you are really trying to change. For us, an injustice is something that causes ongoing harm to an individual or group that is targeted in part because of who that group is (for example, their culture, ideology, political affiliation, religion, nationality, race or sexual orientation... but it could be other groups too, especially groups that are vulnerable in some way). We also think of injustices as something caused by other humans -- whether or not they intend to do harm. And usually, overcoming an injustice helps the group to overcome an obstacle and realize a greater potential. Given all that, what "injustice" do you think you'd like to focus on with your project? Here are a couple of tools that can help with this:
Our "Understand" Tools will also help you dive into the root causes of the injustice you identify: https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
Here are couple of interesting projects related to the environment and plants that might be interesting to explore:
You can also do some research on your own -- here are some interesting things to check out:
Hope some of these thoughts are helpful! Really excited to see how this project evolves... Let us know how we can support you!