Nothing excites me more than the green revolution I am witnessing across cites, suburbs and even the deserts of the world on a daily basis: I call this THE POWER OF A PLANT. Literally and figuratively, this reconnection with nature – and the inherent wonder and majesty of a seed well planted – has been transforming mindsets and landscapes as well as educational and health outcomes – for people and the planet with a triple bottom line orientation that helps enable every organism to reach and fully express their G-d given genetic potential; how glorious! Breathe deep one and all! Now more than ever, given health, obesity, climate and resource crises, the need to incorporate and embrace plants and all living things into our daily routine brings add value to all our lives and to our entire planet.
It is my belief that connecting people with nature and incorporating plants and by extension living ecosystems – into every aspect of our built environment – is the cornerstone of restorative and regenerative planning and our civic responsibility. In a world obsessed with adding days to our lives, we can add life to our days! The beauty of green infrastructure. Further, as an educator, I believe that when we teach children about nature, we teach them to nurture and when we teach children to nurture, we as a society collectively embrace our better nature. Closer to home, in the poorest Congressional District in America, I have found that the art and science of growing food in school using 21st Century technologies – in a community with limited means and access to both – aligned to content and subject area instruction has proven to be the transformational tool for personal, professional and community outcomes. I’m delighted and proud to highlight my odyssey, one teacher’s journey to green minds and communities for the 2017 Greenroofs and Walls of the World Virtual Summit: THE POWER OF A PLANT!