Climate Change & Food Security in Detroit | Lola Gibson-Berg | TEDxDetroitFutureCity


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Lola Gibson-Berg from Keep Growing Detroit talks about how climate change impacts our food system and how KGD is working to create a food-sovereign city in Detroit. Lola speaks to how Detroiters are feeling insecure about their food system due to COVID-19 and climate change and what sustainable growing means to her.

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Videography credit: Brenna Noyes & Van Dyke Horn. Lola Kristi Gibson-Berg is the Community Education Coordinator at Keep Growing Detroit. She became a member of the Garden Resource Program when she graduated from KGD’s Urban Roots Program in 2015. Born and raised in northwest Detroit, Lola is a proud alum of The Roeper School. Her interest in growing food was sparked at Harvest of Joy Farm as a senior at Kalamazoo College. After graduating from K with a BA in Human Development and Social Relations, Lola returned to Detroit.

Through Cap Corps Midwest she supported the creation of a school garden and facilitated conversations about race and racism at Detroit Cristo Rey High School. She was reintroduced to her ancestral foodways and family tradition of baking at Rose’s Fine Food as a baker and event planner. In addition to working at KGD, Lola supports distribution and event planning at Riverwise Magazine, a community-based magazine working to reflect local activism and the profound new work being done in and around Detroit neighborhoods. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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