One day of the year, Friday 21st October, when kids, their friends and families across Australia stand up for ‘green space’. By simply making a gold coin donation and wearing green for the day they can send out a clear message to our governments and corporations that we need more green space and will not accept the destruction of our environments across the world. A symbolic tree planting ceremony to start the day or be part of the school assembly. All funds raised will go to Global Gardens of Peace who are actively building gardens around the world allowing children/ families in war torn areas the opportunity to play peacefully in gardens, creating space they are comfortable and enjoy being in.
Global Gardens of Peace is an Australian charity founded by Moira Kelly in 2013. The aim of Global Gardens of Peace (GGOP) is to plan, design and deliver natural play spaces to communities around the world that have suffered significant hardship through war or natural disaster. Global Gardens of Peace is an apolitical, non-religious organisation. Our philosophy is that ‘Gardens are Forever’. Our belief is that gardens are the centre for which to build a new community around.
The focus on the day is to educate people about what an important role nature based play has in rebuilding devastated communities. The garden stands as a non-political, non-religious statement where people and families can find sanctuary and a connection to nature. Allowing them to re-connect with each other and ‘play’ in a happy, clean and safe environment.
Current research around the world shows that having a ‘green space’ within a 1-3 kilometre radius of people’s homes has a significant relationship to their general health. The percentage of green space is a direct result to the increased, or decreased health of people living with or without green spaces.
The beauty of a garden and its ability to grow and change, not only over the changing seasons, but also change with the community over the years; makes it completely unique. It can help redefine how a community sees itself.