One Billion Rising Global Coordinators Amplify the 2021 “Rising Gardens” Theme, Making the Connection between Exploitation of Women and the Exploitation of the Earth
Release New Short Film Featuring Activists From Austria, Bangladesh, Eswatini, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Nigeria, United States, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, Philippines, and Zambia
One Billion Rising activists are calling for RISING GARDENS, a global grassroots action for revival, restoration and transformation, making the connection between violence against women and destruction of the earth. “Rising Gardens” is a defiant creative call for revival, restoration, and transformation. Activists are creating artistic events around the globe this Thursday, Earth Day, April 22 and have released a new short film in honor of Earth Day featuring activists from Austria, Bangladesh, Eswatini, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Nigeria, United States, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, Philippines, and Zambia.
During the pandemic, activists are expanding their reach online as they simultaneously deepen their reach on the ground, community work to meet the needs of the moment. Rising Gardens actions amplify the intersectional issues of women’s inequality and its impact on food insecurity, land ownership and the lack of access to healthcare, as well as the long term effects from extractive industries and the destruction of Mother Earth, and other basic rights, especially for frontline and marginalized communities.
Activists are calling for a shift from consumption and greed at the expense of the many, to cultivation, creation and care.
Since 2013, One Billion Rising activists – led by a team of 60 global coordinators – have unleashed vast grassroots, anti-violence locally, regionally and nationally. This visionary work has been survivor-led and focused, all the while revealing the power of art and activism to change culture and systems. This year, the 9th year of One Billion Rising, OBR creative resistance events will culminate on 22 April, Earth Day.
Ready to RISE? Visit onebillionrising.org and https://www.instagram.com/one_billion_rising/ for information, ideas & inspiration from activists everywhere.
Activists cultivate in many ways including: Seed distribution through seed banks and exchanges; Artistic creations in the forms of zero waste food art in Bangladesh; Artistic risings featuring speakers on ending violence against women and new ways to sustainably engage with the environment, performances, dancing, and more; Film festivals featuring a range of films on the topics that Rising Gardens uplifts; Planting trees to create community green spaces and planting community gardens; Collaborations with agricultural workers and gardeners; Educational workshops about gardening and education about herbal medicine and the effects of gardening to boost immunity; and actions to advance women’s rights.
Anyone can RISE and join this global and grassroots call to action – online or develop a Covid safe in person Rising Gardens action, creating connection, community and solidarity.
WATCH and SHARE this new One Billion Rising short video channeling the energy activists are dedicating to women and the earth, as they plant, grow and RISE, cultivating communities of care and resistance. Join us on social media all day on Earth Day as we amplify RISINGS online for Earth Day, honoring the Earth during this pandemic.
To make a garden grow is to love. To keep a community alive is to love. Create and grow gardens. Dance in them.
Raise the Vibration with your hands and bodies.
RISE FOR WOMEN AND MOTHER EARTH