We adhere to the philosophy that small actions can lead to big change in cities around the globe. That’s why this month, we participated in 100 In 1 Day, a Canadian initiative of civic engagement designed to foster creativity in cities around the world.
The idea is for individuals to participate in small initiatives, or urban interventions, across their city. These are meant to light a spark and ignite engagement and interaction between people. On June 6th, 105 urban interventions were led by 156 leaders across Vancouver.
To reduce Vancouver’s ecological footprint, individual communities will need to jump-start action at the neighbourhood scale, designing local solutions that work. At Uproot, we are conscious that it will take an aligned effort of citizens to change the dirty habits of waste in the city. We know we must tap into the creativity of everyone who calls the city home. An urban intervention is a powerful tool for the development of these initiatives, it’s a community project led by an individual, community-based group, or an organization. These projects are a simple, low-cost way for people to showcase their ideas for a better city. Interventions can create opportunities for community engagement and social vibrancy.
Our intervention was a pop-up sharing library for sporting equipment and board games that encourages zero waste lifestyles while connecting people in communities through fun, safe play. We participated in collaboration with Project Greenbloc, a group of residents in Vancouver's Riley Park neighbourhood who are working with Evergreen to lower their collective ecological footprint by 25 percent over 3 years through community partnership and science-based research models. They have been tracking their results and plan to provide a model for future initiatives at the neighbourhood scale and throughout the city.
100 En 1 Dia started in 2012 by a group of students in Bogota, Colombia. These students intended to launch six urban interventions that would show the potential of the city. Soon the idea became more ambitious and they committed to 100 urban interventions in one day.
On May 25th, 2012, over 250 urban interventions took place in the city and a movement was born. We are proud to participate with Evergreen and a 100 in one day in June to celebrate creativity and progression in our urban spaces.
To find out more information on 100 in 1 Day, check out their website.