|Photo Credit: Turtle Rock Farm|
Lia and Allen believe
that food security is
a basic human right.
Nominated by Gonzalo Guaman
“Think Globally, Act Locally” is more than a bumper sticker to Allen and Lia. It is the way they live on a daily basis. They have spent thirty years not just growing food, but growing community through growing food, and bringing front yard gardens, urban farming, and community gardening into the mainstream in Oklahoma City.
We are proud to recognize Allen and Lia among the 2016 winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award.
Ten years ago, Allen started the environmental youth group “Closer To Earth” which focuses on teenagers doing community service required by the schools or courts, teaching them about landscaping, organic gardening, zero-landfill events, and environmental advocacy.
Closer To Earth and CommonWealth volunteers are also responsible for picking up and composting several tons of food waste every week from Whole Foods, diverting it from the landfill and turning it into a valuable resource.
Lia and Allen believe that food security is a basic human right, and our community becomes stronger and more resilient as we learn to grow more of our food together. Every person has the right to live in a safe, vibrant, diverse community. Sustainable gardening brings neighbors outside where people of different backgrounds can connect in the common language of food. It increases biological diversity, promotes physical and social health, and creates an atmosphere of abundance and sharing.
The Oklahoma Human Rights Awards are co-sponsored each year by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance and the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association.
Previous winners of the award include educators, physicians, students, and community volunteers from many different communities and all walks of life. They are united by their enduring commitment to the values and principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A complete list of 2016 Human Rights Award winners.