What’s guerrilla geography got to do with your kids’ dinner?
This blog post is by Nicola Baird sharing ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children. This post is about guerrilla geography. For more info about my book Homemade Kids, with lots of ideas about parenting click here.
Not sure what level of interest you have in geography, but I love it. Obviously this has to be a secret – but as the years have passed I realise that the inter-connectedness of most things I do are all about keeping places healthy and safe, sustainable and happy.
Turns out such views have a home – guerrilla geography.
The pin up explorer for such views is Daniel Raven-Ellison who now has a spaceship (aka white van) which he can load up with Mission Explore and Geography Collective goodies and go do things that help children (and grown-ups) be curious, creative and critical at events, pop-ups and even festivals. They can explore the death of a bird, cut a worm in half, break a window. And that then might allow them to deal with the consequences of run-over wildlife, cruelty to animals or respect to property…
There’s a fantastic talk by Daniel at National Geographic Live explaining it all. I think the talk was given in the US, although he is British.
Being such a geography fan, I feel incredibly pleased that my daughter Lola, 14, has opted for geography as a GCSE subject. But the point about geography is that the good stuff has nothing to do with school exams, or dinner party debate about whether you can still be an explorer if the whole world is explored.
What focus on geography can be though is a starting point for the impacts we have on where we live. That might be super local – how we make use of the street we live in. Good or bad. Or it might be how and what we decide to buy stuff that someone else has made, some way away.
Or imaginary for that matter. When our house was painted by a local artist we asked her to imagine that the road was a large green lawn. I can’t tell you how much it cheered up the scene! Teresa Robertson is also a fantastic artist, so if you ever need a portrait of your most expensive possession…
Over to you – how guerrilla geography links with your kids’ dinner
If you are thinking of buying any children a gift in December (I’m not going to mention the C word!) then do think about the new Mission Explore Food book, created by guerrilla geographers who work closely with Daniel. It’s a gift that will improve anyone’s life. I also love the fact that it was crowd-funded, it’s full of cartoons and will help any reader become super creative as you look at where you live, and what you eat in very new ways. Definitely an xmas tip to pass on.