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Weaving a patchwork of safe havens for Nature globally, in our gardens, schools, public spaces and beyond.

We are the Ark is a new movement of people, committed to giving at least half of their patches of this planet, their gardens, back to nature. If not half, then as much as they can manage. This is a global movement that converts gardeners into guardians and toxic forgotten land into living sanctuaries with little pieces of earth on every continent being carefully returned to their original re...

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We are the Ark is a new movement of people, committed to giving at least half of their patches of this planet, their gardens, back to nat...

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“In We are the Ark, Mary Reynolds gives us a much needed reason for hope. The gardener, the conservationist, the city planner and the nature lover will all be inspired for this wonderful book shows how thousands of even small wildlife friendly gar...

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Build An ARK
Jane Goodall
PhD
DBE Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share impact by posting a summary and photos and completing a survey.

Great for

  • Landowners of all sizes
  • Anyone committed to being part of the solution to the collapse of nature
  • Communities that want to create an Ark out of community land, a local park, a neighbourhood garden Ark network, or schools who want to build an Ark
  • People looking to take climate action
  • Food Growing communities that want to support biodiversity within their land.

Build An ARK project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Make the Decision and Get Permission
  • Put Up A Sign
  • Build an ARK
  • Get together with like-minded folk
  • Add your Ark to our map

Time

Suggested: Building an Ark can take a lot of time or very little time, depending on the land in question- e.g. if there are lots of non native plants to remove then there is a lot of work to do. After that, the effort put in depends on how many layers of creature support you want to create e.g. a pond, a drystone wall or a wild hedge. Time also depends on how many layers of plant communities you want to create. Depending on your space, you can create many layers of plant community, such as a mown area, a meadow, a shrubby area, a woodland etc.

Resources

More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Build An ARK

4 Build An ARK projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

The old belief is that that wildlife lives somewhere else, but there is nowhere else left. The loss of biodiversity is even more threatening than climate change because it is rapidly reducing the ability of the earth to maintain clean air and water and to provide food and habitat for all her creatures – including us. The gardening industry is contributing hugely to this, as is industrial farming and fishing so it's time to clear the books and rebuild this industry into a life supporting one. We are the ARK' is designed for anyone with access to land - at home, at work, at school or in their community. This movement aims to surround peoples spaces and places with their true nature, to restore health and bio diversity in a patchwork quilt of hope and action, patch by patch, ARK by ARK. Together we will rebuild native plant communities, healthy water systems and ourselves from the ground up.

Mary Reynolds, Founder We Are The Ark

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  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

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    By empowering local changemakers with proven ideas from social innovators and accessible funding from our partners, we aim to build healthier, more inclusive and sustainable communities. Our work is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and together with our partners, we aim to impact 1 billion people globally by 2030.

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