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

Join us for 1, 2 or 3 weeks of collaborative action!

Participate in environmental workshops, connect with like-minded active citizens and reconnect with nature. Shift your awareness – find headspace and time for yourself in the beautiful Garden Route. Celebrate with live music and a renewed consciousness.

Are you ready to join the TREEvolution?

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 host an Adult Programme.

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

Join us for a week of collaborative action!

Participate in environmental workshops, connect with like-minded active citizens and reconnect with nature. Shift your awareness – find headspace and time for yourself in the beautiful Garden Route. Celebrate with live music and a renewed consciousness.

Are you ready to join the TREEvolution?

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 host an Adult Programme.

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 with natural methods 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.

Venue: Wild Spirit Lodge

We are very excited that our venue this year will be the Wild Spirit Lodge – located near Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route.

The area is surrounded by the indigenous forests, pristine beaches and the mountains of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The location is a perfect place to take a break in nature and give back to the surrounding area which is still suffering after the devastating 2017 fires.

Book now to be part of this fun, immersive sustainability experience!

Why the Eden District?

After 6 years hosting in Livingstone, Zambia, in 2018, Greenpop moved the Festival of Action to the Garden Route in response to the fires that devastated the area the previous year.

After an incredibly successfully 2018 event, we are returning to the region in 2019 to build upon our existing work, bigger and better than before with old and new partners, projects and renewed energy!

Greenpop aims to partner with and contribute to the many local environmental and social initiatives and be part of an environmental solution, while also teaching skills and lessons that are relevant across the globe – sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces on a whole.

John D. Liu is Joining us for Adult Week!

We are very excited to announce that Chinese American ecosystem restoration researcher, filmmaker, founder of Ecosystem Restoration Camps and educator John D. Liu will be joining us during the Adult Week of the Eden Festival of Action! John’s life has been dedicated to documenting and sharing examples of restoring once-degraded land to their original fertile and biodiverse glory.

John has produced, filmed, written, directed and presented numerous films on Environment and Ecology for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS – including the inspiring “Jane Goodall – China Diary” and “Lessons of the Loess Plateau.”. In January 2015 John was named Visiting Fellow at Netherlands Institute of Ecology of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

We are delighted that he will be joining us and cannot wait for attendees to be guided by John and his wealth of knowledge and experience within the field of restoration ecology.

Matthew Koehorst | Six Kingdoms

As a trained anthropologist and environmental scientist, Matthew is fascinated by the nexus of people and planet and is committed to reawakening the connection between the two.

After working full-time for Greenpop for 3 years, Matthew founded his own project called Six Kingdoms, which aims to explore and implement solutions for better relations between all forms of life through education work and project development and implementation.

As the Programme Manager for our annual Eden Festival of Action – Matthew coordinates our environmental action work and team.

Learn more about his work here: sixkingdoms.org

Philippa Mallac | Sacred Earth Seeds

Philippa has been learning, living and working with Permaculture since 1998. Designing and implementing permaculture systems and food gardens, facilitating permaculture workshops and courses and tree planting!

Weaving a love for nature and natural environments, and the fulfilment of sustainably providing for one’s needs into her to life and work. A hands in the earth gardener, permaculturist, beekeeper and dedicated seed saver.

Rhian Berning | Eco Atlas & Renew Able Plett

Rhian Berning love’s ideas, innovations, good news stories and ways of living that are beneficial to both people and planet and foster regenerative and resilient life cycles.  She is an environmental activist, writer, speaker and ecopreneur passionate about empowering people with the information they need to make better choices for a better life.

She is the co-founder of the Eco Atlas and Renew Able Plett. She is sharing with our attendees how to live stronger, greener and better as she has risen from the ashes of her homestead after the great Garden Route fires of 2017.

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