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At Greenpop, we believe in (re)connecting people with our planet and with each other. Each year during June & July, our Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone brings people together from around the globe to plant thousands of trees, learn, connect, give back, grow and get active.
Zambia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world – in 2012 we started an ongoing tree planting and eco-education project around Livingstone. Through this project we aim to raise awareness about the area and be part of the solution. The Zambia Festival of Action happens annually to boost our ongoing project and encourage even more people to branch out and be the change.
We’re on the ground in Zambia now for this year’s Festival of Action! Stay connected and follow what we’re up to there:
12 576 trees planted | 104 planting days | 34 sustainability workshops | 12 educational wall murals | >50 handmade solar cookers | >10 handmade rocket stoves | 77 Tree Tuesday radio shows | 53 schools | 8 community farms | 1 reforestation site | 347 passionate planters from around the world
Watch the 2013 Festival of Action video by Makhulu above.
Watch all our Greenpop Zambia videos HERE
Zambia has seen rampant deforestation in recent decades, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal. According to the UN-REDD programme, Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year.
1. Create awareness around the deforestation issue and highlight grassroots solutions that can start being implemented
2. Develop a culture of planting trees within communities through conservation education, and by teaching people how to plant and look after trees
3. Highlight the global value of conserving the world’s natural forests
4. Promote and provide alternative energy sources, so that people can move away from the dependence on charcoal
5. Start reforestation in protected forest sites to replace the pioneer trees, allowing for new growth and regeneration of soil content
6. Educate children on their natural environment, and help feed them by planting fruit trees at under-privileged schools
7. Promote conservation farming methods to replace slash and burn techniques that will stop erosion and soil degradation, and create more cost-efficient farms
8. Start a micro tree nursery enterprise at a selected number of subsistence farms, so that we can provide farmers with an additional income by buying trees from them
9. Create an exciting and stimulating programme of practical work, lectures and workshops for local and international volunteers, through which everyone can share and learn and get actively involved in our environment.
You can contribute to our project by gifting a tree – or lots of trees. Every tree counts! You’ll be assigned a tree in Zambia and sent its GPS coordinates! Click the ‘Gift Trees’ tab to sponsor trees.
Get your company involved as part of your CSR programme or join us as an event sponsor for 2015. Find out what we can offer you in return – email email@example.com.
If you are thinking of getting involved, watch this. Jan McAlpine, Director United Nations Forum on Forests, addresses our Greenpop Zambia project and calls for partners to join us.
© Sarah Isaacs
We’re already on the ground in Zambia now for the 2015 project, but if you’d like to be the first to receive information on the 2016 programme, Register HERE