In just four years South African NGO, Greenpop, has planted 50113 trees in 365 locations and this year is inviting everyone to join their annual “treevolution” in Zambia.
Each year during June and July, Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action in Livingstone brings people together from around the globe to plant thousands of trees, learn, connect, give back, and get active in a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.
Greenpop started an ongoing tree planting and eco-education project in Livingstone in 2012. In partnership with environmental activist and Greenpop Director, Benjamin Mibenge, the project aims to raise awareness about the area, deforestation and environmental sustainability. Greenpop’s Zambia Festival of Action takes place to boost awareness about this ongoing project and encourage more people to (re)connect with the planet and with one another.
Greenpop have made a lot of progress in Zambia since 2012 with a total of 11 176 trees planted in 97 planting days. They have also set up 24 sustainability workshops, created seven educational wall murals; 50 handmade solar cookers and 10 handmade rocket stoves – on top of bringing together 256 passionate planters from around the world!
To keep the Zambia Festival of Action going, Greenpop need volunteers and trees. They have one and two week placements available between 28 June and 19 July 2015 and this year have also introduced a special Schools Programme (for ages 13 – 19 years) in the first week. To help Greenpop raise funds for trees, check out their fundraising page here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer queries.
For more info check out the project page here: www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia
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