The Healing Earth Introduction outlined four steps to help you move from preparation to action. These were:
- See a problem that you want to address.
- Study the scientific and social aspects of the problem (the 5 Ws).
- Imagine possible action responses that are ethically coherent and spiritually genuine.
- Select one of these action responses, perform the action and monitor results.
You may want to review what goes into each step. Below are ideas that invite you to see a problem, gather information, analyze the problem, develop responses and perform action.
- The Food Research and Action Center offers great information on things students can do to find out if their school’s food program meets nutrition standards. Check it out.
- The United Kingdom has a long tradition of community gardens. One of the best ways to bring people together in a neighborhood is by planting, tending and harvesting food in a shared space. Growveg.com is an excellent resource or starting and maintaining a community garden.
- The Rodale Institute supports sustainable agriculture by research, farmer training, and consumer education. Go here to see 12 things you can do right now to support healthy food and sustainable food systems.
- The organization Bread for the World has an Activists Corner on its website that contains many resources you can use to advocate for healthy food. One is a helpful guide for ‘Writing a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Newspaper’. Check it out.
- If you live in the United States and are concerned about food waste, go to the Food Rescue Locator. When you put in your zipcode it will find the organization nearest you where you can volunteer to rescue food, transport it, and distribute it to the needy in your community.
- Slow Food International is an Italy-based organization that responds to the ‘fast food’ world by emphasizing the importance of preserving local food and gastronomy traditions and increasing people’s understanding of where food comes from. See these ten tips on how to ‘Go Slow’ with food in your life and in your community.