“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

-Socrates

Create or Participate in a New Local Green Action Group:

As "we the people" embark on these new challenges of how to green our communities, we can look closely at the unique needs of each part of the community to better understand what kinds of eco-friendly, sustainable measures will yield workable and lasting solutions. Find some examples below to use as possible models for your own new action group. If you have a new type of green group, then please share it with us and we will add it to this list.  All community green groups gathering together are good opportunities to build relationships and benefit from each other's strengths.

 

Listed below are types of local green action groups - something for people with all different talents and interests in the community:

 

  • Regenerative Action for Degraded Land

  • Growing Native & Pollinators Plants throughout the area 

  • Repair Clinics - Monthly Clinics 

  • Ridesharing/Support Groups

  • The Art of Reuse - Creatives Design and Create Items 

  • Clothing Resourceful - Learn Simple Repairs, How to Swap and Upcycle Clothing

  • Non-Toxic Products Made at Home - Learn How to Do It

  • Waste Not for Food - Work with Volunteers to Get Food to Places of Need

  • Greening Events - Help Plan Waste Composting & Use of Recylables  

  • Green Movement Influencers - Work With the Help of Local Influencers

  • Edible Urban Landscapes - Help Everyone Succeed With an Edible Landscape 

  • Community Gardens Promoters - Help People Plan, Organize and Implement New Gardens 

  • Green With Local Government - Gather With Those Who Can be Vocal, Articulate and Available for Council Meetings to Help Share the Changes to Policy That Will Allow More Positive Changes to Create Cleaner & Greener Communities for All. 

 

Soil Building from the Ground UP - Regenerative Earth Groups

  • This type of group can gather resources together to create beneficial microbially-active compost.  The compost can be used to help in creating new gardens or be used to create compost tea which can be injected into soils of existing gardens with heavily degraded soils.  Community events can help educate the public as well as giving people material lists to do it on their own.  The mission is using microbial life in the soil to create carbon sinks, enhance moisture-retention, and build up greater productivity in gardens and farms.  This type of group might also work on getting businesses, local government, farms and municipal waste facilities to sign on and support these projects as well.

 

Pollinator and Native Garden Groups

  • Groups grow and gather native plants and perennial and annual pollinator flowering plants that are grown without unsafe pesticides to share and plant throughout the community. 

  • Recycled containers with earth-friendly paints, decoratively painted & sponsored by local businesses help create beauty and support our native pollinators and plants that help support our food supply

  • Contests each year for the most creatively built in-ground or container garden that help educate the community on the need to protect our natives and pollinator populations.

              

Reuse/Repurpose Creative Arts and Design DIY Group

  • Groups get together and help each other and community members to meet functional needs by reusing and repurposing broken items, items purchased second-hand or someone's discards.

  • People enjoy the fun of the creative process, help inspire each other by sharing their ideas, and coming up with useful solutions to meet needs and add beauty to their homes and businesses.

 

Waste Not – Great Strategic Food Sharing

  • A great inspiration for this type of group is to see the film called "Wasted".  There are so many amazing ideas of what can be done to reduce waste, find great uses for it in the community and strategies to make win-win situations for everyone by thinking outside of the box.

  • These groups can work with non-profits, markets and restaurants to help find ways to solve some of the local challenges.

 

Supportive Carpooling/Commuting Groups

  • Being with people that share some of our own goals or challenges are great to be with to support each other.  Look for others in your area that support your goals and are going to your part of town.

 

Greening the Events Group 

 

Government Greens-Up 

  • This kind of group of local citizens can meet and share ideas together for local governments to move towards supporting greener policies and practices.  People with creative solutions, as well as community social program backgrounds, law or local government experience can be helpful for these groups to bring about policies with greater environmental stewardship and sustainability.  Any person that is outgoing and ready to raise their hand and show up at city council meetings are great to help express the needs for all in the community.

 

Local Edible Landscaping Towns and Tours

 

Green Co-Housing Community Building

  • Groups can help people to find local resources to build organized intentional co-housing green communities.  This can be done by organizing resource reference information as well as holding gatherings for people to meet each other and move towards the intention of building new communities.

 

 

Creating an Online Presence for Your Green Group:

 

To organize your new community group you may want to consider which is the best platform to use for your organizational needs.  Of course, you don't need a social media platform, but the advantages that they offer are hard to beat.  Facebook and Meetup both have options for hosting groups.  Facebook might be a great option especially if you have a lot of friends in the area that might be interested in joining up as well and it's FREE!  Meetup is very convenient but can get a little costly by your second year.  Another option is to have your own group website.  If this option works and would be helpful, then check out the button below that connects to a couple of website samples that have some nice group organizational features.  We are happy to sign a free template over to you and help you get started in learning how to customize it yourself.  The sites are free unless at a later time you choose to buy a domain name and a premium plan through WIX or another website building platform.

 

Getting the Word Out:

 

Once you have a group page or site, then list your group on the local GOGREENLOCALLY.ORG (GGL) hub under groups and paste a link to your group website, Facebook page or Meetup group page.  Contact us if you need help doing this.

 

Create Group Meetings and Events:

 

  • The next step is to schedule a meeting or other type of event and share that on GGL under the events page.  In addition, you can post these events on a Facebook or Instagram page and on the Eventbrite website.  You can also place information on local community bulletin boards and public spaces and ask to post information at local businesses as well.

    •  If you are going to have monthly ongoing events listed on a GGL local hub then just log back in and you can update your existing event listing with a new description and updated date.

 

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