Welcome to the Greening in the Red Zone blog. Here you will read about examples of people turning to nature in times of crisis to get through hardships from the news media, and from personal accounts. Of particular interest are stories of people whose involvement in "greening" immediately after a disaster or war increased their own and their community's resistance and resilience to the disturbance. We hope you will find inspiration in these stories, and we welcome you to add your own stories of Greening in the Red Zone.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wounded Warriors honored with hunting

Wounded Warriors honored with hunting - News - Stripes

Food and Agriculture as a Foundation for Peace in Northern Afghanistan

In this paper the authors draw on cases from the province of Badakhshan, in Northern Afghanistan, to present three local solutions that all have some potential to break, from the bottom-up, the self-reinforcing loop that characterizes the trap of failed states. While all deal with local-level solutions to food production and diversification, they work at very different levels of human activity: the first describes an agricultural research station’s attempt at improving agricultural production, through an innovative approach to governance. The second example is a bold and innovative experiment to teach women the skills to grow and process vegetables in the high Pamir Mountains. It succeeded in introducing greens and beans to seminomadic communities who had never eaten vegetables before. The third works at the level of identity and imagination: using food culture to rekindle people’s sense of pride in who they are, it helps to offer a different basis from which to re-imagine a future that is their own, free of war.

Hopeful Harvest: Food and Agriculture as a Foundation for Peace in Northern Afghanistan | Solutions

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Veterans Conservation Corps

After serving in Operation IraqiFreedom and being awarded a Combat Action Ribbon,
two Marine Corps Reserve Medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation, Haberthur saw that
his personal experience with nature could become a broader experience shared by fellow
vets who may be struggling with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Haberthur’s fellowship project will connect fellow vets, including those struggling with
PTSD, to the healing powers of nature by developing a Veterans Conservation Corps in
the Chicago Area. The Corps will restore habitat at the 1,131-acre Dick Young Forest
Preserve (named after a recently deceased former Marine to honor his service and carry
on his conservationist vision).

Benjamin Haberthur | Together Green