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Greening the city
The city of Eindhoven is blessed with a lot of green in its neighborhoods, but not in its city center. This has caused a lot of problems in terms of heat stress, pollution, flooding, etc. Redesigning the city for better sustainable human progress, with living nature, good water management and elimination of pollution is one of the biggest challenges of this time. At the same time the city is building highrise towers for the housing of people. In order to facilitate also for social cohesion, social interaction, general wellness, health and safety, intelligent transformations need to take place.
Two neighbors, Joop and Mieke van Bree, both active in politics and the local water board, explain the transformation at hand in this part of downtown Eindhoven. Especially the greening of the area, with the recovery of the river Gender, that stood at the origin of this town development in the 13th century, are highlights in modern, sustainable city development.
Meet Maartje Kreike. She is pioneering with the foodforest in Eindhoven. On a large surface nature and human beings have been working together since 2009 from a food and remedial perspective, learning about the advantages of nature in a broad context. The objective is to integrate nature more and more into the neighborhoods for both awareness and local self sufficiency in our basic needs. Maartje tries to explain the nutricious and medical values of a certain herb to worldwide documentary maker, Joerg Altekruse. Maartje organizes workshops, does presentations, invites school children, works together with locals and caterers, etc.
A food forest provides abundance of nutrition for a population without the need to destroy the plants, the soil or the eco-system. On as many as 7 levels food can be obtained. In addition other life forms can collaborate to provide even additional sources, such as chickens, eggs, insects, honey, etc. The food forest is partner in the sustainocratic City of Tomorrow and FRE2SH network of transformative, resilient food initiatives in and around town.
Our AiREAS participation in the Earthbeat project started already a year ago. During our weekly zoom sessions we got acquainted with filmmaker Joerg Altekruse from Germany. His Youth4Plant approach and filming green innovations towards the climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) was very much in line with our own network activities. We were not that much interested in influencing the political U.N. drama. We were much more interested in visualizing all the citizen’s initiatives, creativity and the cooperative work done with their local governments. In our engagement we shared the view that there is big gap between the political financial, destructive world hierarchies and the powerful strength of growing citizen’s movements with shared responsibilities at grassroot level.
We were not going to COP26, we were creating our own.
Our vehicle is the CreatiVelo, an electric bike with modifications to carry the cameras and materials. The crew follows with private cars, a van and often with cyclists joining the voyage. Between Luxemburg and Glasgow, during the month of October, video messages, statements, positive examples and personal stories are collected along the way. These two days we were receiving the caravan in Eindhoven. It became a heart warming experience. Here some photo’s. In the next blog we will share some video impressions….