Cultural Gardeners - principles for action

noun: culture; plural noun: cultures

1. the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

2. the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.

noun: gardener; plural noun: gardeners

Gardeners practice the skills and dedication to maintain a garden, taking care to work within the natural ecology of the place. Gardeners’ labour includes planting, weeding, regenerating, and tending.


  • First Nations first – people and culture prioritised
  • Fair, equitable & diverse – addressing colonisation, power structures, systems change
  • Ambitious climate action – referencing best available science, zero emissions by 2030 while drawing down legacy carbon at emergency scale and speed
  • Reimagine – our culture and future
  • Prioritise needs and rights – exploring reasonable human need and rights within planetary boundaries and the rights of all living things
  • Value creativity – vital to public health, adaptation, social transformation and fundamental to delivering on the Paris Agreement
  • Holistic – systems thinking, connecting siloed territories of work with creative practices
  • political – socially engaged not party aligned
  • Sustainable – locally and globally accountable, including bioregions and the economies and supply chains that support them.
  • Respect – consideration for cultural contexts and perspectives
  • Just fucking do it – inclusive, experimental, evolving… URGENT!
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