Event report back: Gardens of Hope Ceremony


The Gardens of Hope Ceremony, was part of the 'Silence at The Green Camp' event, held at  ID: Green Camp Gallery Project on Tuesday, 16 February. Continuing the GREEN 16 campaign ‪#‎GREEN16‬ ... Mindfulness.    

We entered The Green Camp dressed in one of its most beautiful gowns -- silence. We experience every square centimeter of The Green Camp at your own pace.    

We took our time to feel the soil, look at the art, create art, smell the plants, see someone in the eyes, close your eyes, breath. Plunge into the silence, together.  


As always it was an inspiring visit during which we planted seeds of peace & hope and, signed the Pact for the Earth ten-point pledge.          

Can't wait to see the seeds sown during the Gardens of Hope Ceremony start to sprout. Well done to all, who signed the Pact and sowed seeds of hope and peace. We all recognise the need to sow the seeds of peace -peace with the earth and each other, and in so doing, create hope for our future – as one humanity and as part of one Earth community.

We also payed tribute/homage to the International Year of Pulses.  

 A big thank you goes to our invited dignitaries, you came out to support the event, and who also signed the Pact for the Earth ten-point pledge. That been Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, and Tshepo Peele, Greenpeace Africa senior staff member. 

Footnotes:   *A People’s Pact to Protect the Planet and Each Other 1. We commit ourselves to protect our soils and biodiversity, as in living soil lies the prosperity and security of civilization. 2. Our seeds and biodiversity, our soils and water, our air, atmosphere and climate are a commons. We do not accept the enclosure and privatization of our commons. We will reclaim them through care, cooperation and solidarity. 3. Seed Freedom and Biodiversity is the foundation of Food Freedom and Climate Resilience. We commit ourselves to defending seed freedom as the freedom of diverse species to evolve, in integrity, self-organization and diversity. 4. We do not accept Industrial Agriculture as a solution to the climate crisis and hunger. We do not recognize false solutions to climate change such as geo engineering, “climate smart” agriculture, genetic engineered “improved” seeds, or “sustainable intensification”. 5. We commit ourselves to practice and protect small-scale ecological agriculture and we will support and create local food systems as these can feed the world while cooling the planet. 6. We do not accept new ‘free’ trade agreements which are based on corporate rights and corporate personhood. Corporations are legal entities to whom society gives permission to exist within limits of social, ecological, and ethical responsibility. Corporations having responsibility for climate change are subject to the Polluter Pays Principle. 7. Local living economies protect the earth, create meaningful work and provide for our needs and wellbeing. We will not participate in production and consumption systems, including industrial food and agriculture, that destroy the Earth’s ecological processes, her soils and biodiversity and displace and uproot millions from the land. 8. We commit ourselves to creating participatory living democracies and resist all attempts to hijack our democracies through powerful interests. We will organize on the principles of sharing, inclusion, diversity and the duty to care for the Planet and each other. 9. We make a pact to live consciously as Earth Citizens recognizing that the Earth Community includes all species and all peoples in their rich and vibrant diversity. 10. We will plant gardens of hope everywhere, and sow the seeds of change towards a new Planetary Citizenship and for a new Earth Democracy based on justice, dignity, sustainability and peace. http://seedfreedom.info/campaign/pact-for-the-earth/   *International Year of Pulses 2016

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders. 

The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.


  *Visiting the Green Camp for A Day of Silence.

The Green Camp Gallery Project is at the beginning stages of what will be an organic, sustainable lifestyle hub focusing on creativity in all its forms. Xolani Hlongwa is the founder of the Green Camp and despite many challenges, has transformed a ruined old house in Umbilo into an outdoor gallery, urban farming and recycling project: “It’s about recycling and rehabilitating old materials to show people how they can recycle theirideas, heartaches and challenges and make them useful in life.”