Every June/July, the Greenpop Festival of Action brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active. For the past 6 years, this event has taken place in Livingstone, Zambia and for the first time in 2018, the Festival of Action is being hosted in the Eden District, South Africa.

Over three weeks we will plant trees, rehabilitate ecosystems, clear alien vegetation build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, paint eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world.

Weeks 1 and 2 are specifically for high school students. In Week 3 we welcome participants of all ages. Previously, we’ve hosted university students interested in environmental topics, professionals keen to take a holiday with a difference, study groups doing field work, families who love adventure and individuals from all walks of life who want to get active for the environment and have fun at the same time.

Every June/July, the Greenpop Festival of Action brings people together from around the globe to learn, connect, give back and get active.

Over three weeks we will plant trees, rehabilitate ecosystems, clear alien vegetation build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, paint eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world.

Weeks 1 and 2 are specifically for high school students. In Week 3 we welcome participants of all ages. Previously, we’ve hosted university students interested in environmental topics, professionals keen to take a holiday with a difference, study groups doing field work, families who love adventure and individuals from all walks of life who want to get active for the environment and have fun at the same time.

URBAN GREENING

Take part in urban greening activations at local Garden Route schools and community centres.

REFORESTATION

Get your hands dirty planting trees, turning soil, and digging. Many spaces in the area need regeneration and we hope to make a good start!

ALIEN CLEARING

Join us in this much-needed activation to help stop the further spread of alien vegetation after more seeds germinated in the fires.

ECO-BUILDING

Help build at under-resourced sites from bottle-bricks to uplift spaces and spread awareness about waste management.

ENVIRONMENTAL ART

Join these interactive, environmental mural painting projects at local schools or community centres. Bring some colour and creativity.

Why the Eden District?

In June 2017, devastating wildfires wreaked havoc on large areas of the Eden District along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, particularly near Knysna. The extremity of the fires was exacerbated by the uncontrolled spread of alien plant species in the area.

The impact of these fires has been immense on a social and environmental level. The general consensus is that, alongside immediate rebuilding efforts, long-term efforts need to be focussed on regeneration through introducing ecosystem services, removing alien vegetation, planting indigenous vegetation and catchment management.

Greenpop is bringing the Festival of Action to the Eden District as a way to launch our ongoing environmental work in the area. There are many local environmental and social initiatives starting up to protect against another disaster and Greenpop aims to contribute and be part of the solution, while also teaching skills and lessons that are relevant to everyone across the globe – sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces on a whole.

Eden Regeneration Project

The impact of these fires has been immense on a social and environmental level. The general consensus is that long-term efforts need to be focused on regeneration through the planting of indigenous trees, introducing ecosystem services, removing alien vegetation and catchment management. The socio-ecological effects and challenges presented by the Eden fires are complex. Greenpop’s work aims to focus on multi-stakeholder engagement including local communities, local government, NGOs and academia to support and collaborate on existing initiatives by bringing our time, logistics and human resources.

Greenpop is launching ongoing environmental work in the region. We’ll plant indigenous trees, assist with alien clearing, build with eco-bricks, brighten up schools with environmental murals and spread education.

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