The Treevolution Has Begun
Posted by Jasmine Slater on 2 July, 2012
The treevolution has begun! With a goal to plant over 5000 trees, Greenpop as well as many dedicated volunteers are now in Zambia! From the 29th of June to the 22nd of July, areas like Livingstone and Victoria falls will become revamped and refurbished with greenery and care.
Trees for Zambia, a three-week eco-education project will not only include tree planting, but community education as well. Currently, Zambia has the second highest rate of deforestation in the world. The country has experienced illegal logging and extensive tree cutting, which have resulted in poor nourishment of the soil and negative results of the local eco-system. This includes an increase in drought and a decrease in food security.
The Greenpop team hopes to aid in this problem. By working with local teachers, educating children and teaching about the importance of biodiversity, Greenpop hopes to establish a community value for the trees and the environment. Indigenous trees will be planted at Victoria Falls, conservation farming methods will be promoted, and small- scale tree nurseries will be initiated into local schools. Most importantly, Greenpop hopes to ignite a new excitement for trees, and a new love for the environment. Zambia’s ecosystem can be fixed and with the help of the community, that time can be today. Be apart of the global community and spread the word. Together, we can make a difference.