To get started (or what we call "get inspired"), we invite you to
Read Borders Matter by Paul Salopek
Explore Police stops, an interactive map on the Out of Eden Walk
View Crossing Borders, a photo essay by Global Oneness Project
View National Geographic’s Your Shot Contest photographs #borders
Now it’s time to do an activity. Before taking a walk in your local area, consider the following questions:
1. Why do boundaries exist?
2. Who sets up or controls boundaries?
3. Do you ever set your own boundaries? Why or why not?
Take a slow walk* in the area where you live and/or go to school. As you walk, ask yourself: what kinds of borders and boundaries do you notice? How is your movement restricted or enabled? Are there any ‘invisible’ borders: places where not everyone feels able to go even if there is not an explicit sign blocking their entry? Are there places where you don’t feel welcome or don’t like to go?
Photograph or sketch some of the borders or boundaries that you notice; or, produce a map that features different kinds of borders in your neighborhood.
Reflect. Include a written explanation of your choices and/or a story of your own experiences with borders. You may want to share your answers to some of these questions: Why do you think borders exist? Who do you think sets and controls them and why? Do any boundaries make you feel a certain way?
Share your photos or sketches on social media using #EdenLearn!
*Please note that Out of Eden Learn uses the term "walk" in a very broad sense and is not meant to exclude individuals with limited mobility.