When you think of activism, what’s the first things that pop into your mind; marches, protests, signing petitions? Rob Finley is not that kind of activist. He fights the problem of the lack of healthy food, sustainable food, in his community without marches or protests. You know how he does it? To paraphrase Mr. Finley, “he plants some shit.”
Below is Mr. Finley’s T.E.D. Talk of the struggle, success, and dreams of bringing South Central Los Angeles out of a food desert. A place he calls the “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by. Funny thing is, the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” Through humor, visuals, and just straight talk, he shows how and why this needs to change, and most importantly what he’s doing about it. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the talk.
“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus you get strawberries.”
“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale.”
“The funny thing about sustainability is that you’ve got to sustain it.”
But please don’t take my word for it. Watch the video below, then go out, pick up a shovel, and plant some shit.