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Arts, sport and culture
What communities can do
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Why it matters
Arts and cultural events and resources can help increase awareness of sustainability issues, provoke discussion and exploration of new ideas and solutions.
Benches and seats as public art
Green Fairs can be a way of promoting sustainability in a relaxed and fun setting. Some pay a lot of attention to their own carbon and environmental footprint.
As a form of activism street parties are festive and/or artistic efforts to reclaim roadways as public space by large groups of people. They were made known in Western Europe and North America by the actions of Reclaim the Streets, a widespread "dis-organization" dedicated to reclaiming public space from automobiles and consumerism. In a somewhat different context, Poland's Orange Alternative staged festive protests to break the Communist government's monopoly on public life. W
"The twentieth century has transformed the entire planet from a finite world of certainties to an infinite world of questioning and doubt. So, if ever there was a need to stimulate creative imagination and initiative on the part of individuals, communities and whole societies that time is now. The notion of creativity can no longer be restricted to the arts; it must be applied across the full spectrum of human problem-solving." Our Creative Diversity, UNESCO
News and comment
Berlin's Holzmarkt Shows the Incredible Potential of Urban Villages, Aug 23 
How an open source board game is saving the planet. Students learn how to solve environmental problems while having a good time and contributing to the maker community. Jul 28 
Creative Communities and Arts-Based Placemaking, Jun 13 
Greenlivingpedia: Green sports and recreation