Wednesday February 22 is ‘World Thinking Day’ and this year’s theme is the environment. While we boast about England’s pleasant pastures green – London’s erm- urban sprawl doesn’t give us much to sing about. A group of St Martins students aim to redress this imbalance in an attempt to empower some of the bleakest social housing estates in east London. Urban Green Line has evolved into a guide to everything ‘green’ in the capital by tagging spots in grey cities with one collective graf: a simple green line. As both a symbol and a guidance system, the Urban Green Line aims to create a strong visual and environmental impact with each green line adding to a better city.
At the moment it is driven by hip young volunteers; Shoreditch High Street is represented as a verdant hub and centre for ecological excellence, while the entirety of Wimbledon Common barely gets a nod. But indignant Wombles aside, this is a vibrant initiative actively looking for more people to join the team. If your green fingers have frosted over, why not mosey on down to your local green line spot and soak in a little winter sun. Didi Mae Hand
For info or to get involved, see urbangreenline.org