Today we brought Branching Together to Indianapolis, Indiana. We met up with our friend, Sam, and she brought us to downtown Indy to set up the project. We set up the display and looked forward to connecting with people about living sustainably. However, people were not as receptive as they have been in other cities across the country. A decent number of people passed the display - on their way to work, lunch, and other commitments.
However, most of the people who passed by had headphones in, were on their phones, and were not interested in Branching Together. Every time we set up Branching Together, we don't expect everyone to be interested. However, in Indy, people seemed more unengaged than what we had seen elsewhere. We did speak with a few people who really appreciated the project. One person said that he planted Japanese anemone in his yard. At the display, he vowed to plant a garden entirely of flowers that bees like in order to support the bee population!
This was the first time this trip that the disconnect of people from each other was really evident. Everyone is so focused on where they need to go rather than where they are in the present. It is a phenomenon that disconnects us from our environment, including other humans. We can only hope that both the people we connected with and the people that walked by and skimmed the display were inspired to live more sustainably.
We're super excited to bring Branching Together to Washington D.C. next!
Cheyenne and Susie