Start A Petition

Mexican Artist Melts 1,527 Guns, Makes Shovels to Plant Trees

Society & Culture  (tags: activists, arts, crime, culture, death, ethics, humans, murder, violence )

- 965 days ago -
In Culiacán, Mexico, the city with the highest rate of gun deaths in the nation, many people know the devastating consequences of guns. Creative activist Pedro Reyes down guns and turns them into shovels, which were then used to plant trees.


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Laura H (964)
Friday July 1, 2016, 10:33 pm
I cannot express how much I LOVE this!
The world needs more people like Pedro :)

Thank you Katka.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 12:28 am
Absolutely brilliant, priceless!

Shared everywhere.
Thanks Katka.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 3:05 am
Ha--grand thinking from a true peacemaker. Thanks for this bit of irony Katka.

Iona Kentwell (129)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 4:03 am
Beautiful! "And into ploughshares turn their swords, people shall make war no more."

Les M (3)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 4:50 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:43 am
Reshared over social media.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 8:06 am
"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

One doesn't have to be of any particular religion to understand that quote and it's obvious this man lives by it. Good for him.

So much $$ goes into the Military Industrial Complex, into the so called War on Drugs, that this money to be used for good purposes would cure many of the problems that exist today in North America. I say that area because we also sell and push weapons all over the world for other Countries to fight each other.

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 8:12 am
Thank you Katka and Darren for the forward. What an inspiring story that has just boosted my day! The light at the end of the tunnel, the glass half full! Good always prevails against evil, eventually. Shared on FB.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 9:22 am
Oh, THANKS Katka
And thanks Darren for sharing!!

Now this I DO like!
Not that the idea is new - in fact I believe it was expressed in the Middle East many centuries ago ;>)
But - it doesn't get picked up practice very often!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 10:02 am
That's so coool! What an idea...thx Katka

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 10:12 am
Isaiah 2:4 (and apparently also Micah 4:3) - already quoted above - not a new idea, but this is the first time I ever heard of anyone actually doing it.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 1:32 pm

Great news, thanks for the forward, Darren and thanks for posting, Katka. Now wouldn't this be great if everywhere people would go out, collect not only the guns but all weapons, melt them and re-form them into something useful? Well ... except the ABC weapons ... they would have to be disposed of differently.

Gustavo Castro Leal (101)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 3:24 pm
Really a great idea as it not only takes advantage of the killing machines, as the advantage in order to create an instrument which among other things is useful in increasing the green on our planet. Congratulations to Pedro Reyes by the idea, and thanks to Katka and Darren.

wendy kelly (162)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 3:33 pm
Good one, this made my day, thanks for sharing Darren xxxx Wendy k k & kelly cats xxxxxxxxxx

Les L (12)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 6:06 pm

Kathryn M (108)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 6:40 pm
This is wonderful. Shared on FB.

Roslyn McBride (30)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 6:45 pm
Brilliant idea!

Naomi Dreyer (43)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 9:06 pm

Animae C (507)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 9:14 pm
BRILLIANT!!! Love it!

Thanx Darren for forwarding & Katka for posting!


Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 2:54 am
An amazing and novel Idea,thanks Katka and Darren for the fw.

Cheryl A (18)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 6:09 am
Thanks, Darren. Wonderful article...peace.

Harry Knapp (0)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 7:20 am
Thanks for sharing this story. It shows a situation can be changed a full 180 degrees.

Lenore K (0)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 12:25 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 2:00 pm
Reshared over social media.
I nominate this for one of the best stories to come out over the weekend.

Marie P (205)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 2:43 pm
Brilliance at its best.

Trish K (29)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 4:10 pm
The most beautiful Shovels I have ever seen.

H M (37)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 5:08 pm
Thanks, Katka and Carol F!

Irene S (69)
Monday July 4, 2016, 2:51 am
What a great idea! In the 80s we had the slogan "swords to ploughshares". But guns to shovels are just as well.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday July 4, 2016, 4:20 am

S J (130)
Monday July 4, 2016, 4:39 pm
loveliest idea in the world!!!! meow meowwwww

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday July 4, 2016, 7:54 pm
Brilliant move by this man! Thanks Katka for posting!

Dawnie W (250)
Monday July 4, 2016, 11:36 pm
❤️:-))❤️Noted...What a wonderful endeavour. A good way to use guns of all sorts.❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Joy T (443)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 2:56 am

Joy T (443)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 3:03 am
Wish this could be done EVERYWHERE!

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 8:50 pm
A brilliant initiative that could be wished for world wide.

Adeline A (17)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:52 am
If only this was done in USA

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 1:18 am
Wholeheartedly agree.

Reshared over social media to remind people of healthy perspective.

Eternal Gardener (736)
Friday July 22, 2016, 10:15 pm
Absolutely brilliant! This news gave me a warm, happy feeling!


Past Member (0)
Sunday September 11, 2016, 12:47 am

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday September 11, 2016, 3:59 am
Maybe United Way should contract him to convert all their raffle prizes in Otero?
When United Ways Mission Is Incompatible With Their Actions
(There's also a petition to stop these gun prizes for a year-long series of raffles -
Demand an End to Gun Raffle being held by United Way of Otero County, NM)

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 11, 2016, 5:24 am
1,000 GOAL

Reshared the petition over social media.
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Society & Culture

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.