Volunteer to Stop Deforestation in Africa

Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia – a Festival of Action

“Trees for Zambia was absolutely life-changing! I had the most amazing time. The impact this has had on me, the people I have met and things I’ve seen will stay with me forever.”

– Gerry Geldenhuys, volunteer 2013

Join an exciting reforestation and eco-education festival of action at the mighty Victoria Falls! Just like in previous years, Greenpop will be planting thousands of trees in sites in need all over Livingstone, Zambia in an effort to fight the region’s drastic deforestation. Each year, volunteers come from all over the world for one, two or three weeks to plant trees, educate children, learn about environmental issues through a range of lectures and workshops, enjoy brilliant live music, and explore a beautiful corner of Africa! Join Greenpop in Livingstone this year from 15 June to 6 July (volunteers are welcome to join for one, two, or all three weeks!)

Interested? Enquire by emailing Zambia@greenpop.org, or join the Facebook event!

Zambia: The Problem

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. In an article published in The Zambia Daily Mail in July 2012 the Director of the Zambian Forestry Department, Mrs. Anne Masinja, spoke out about deforestation in Zambia:

“Management of the forest has been a challenge following massive deforestation due to charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural and unsustainable land use practices. It is a pity that most of the people do not realise the harm they are causing to the environment due to careless cutting of trees. Loss of forests contributes as much as 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year and this is very dangerous, we need to do something to stop this.”

Participation Programme Project

Creative types, strong leaders, and eco-warriors with big ideas and skills to share – this project is perfect for you!

Greenpop envisions Trees For Zambia as a “Festival of Action” a large-scale collaborative project where environmentally minded people from around the world can come together to celebrate the great green world we live in, and then use that positive energy to inspire positive change. Therefore, Greenpop is searching far and wide for volunteers who perhaps have a special skill or gift to share in the field of sustainability. All interested parties are more than welcome to email Zambia@greenpop.org to share ideas for how Greenpop can use their special skills to enhance the Trees for Zambia project!

For more information about the Participation Programme and how to apply to bring a project of your own to Zambia, click here:

Earth Fest

Come one, come all to Greenpop’s Earth Fest!

The second weekend of our Trees for Zambia festival of action, Greenpop will be hosting Earth Fest: a massive party and eco-weekend, and one of the largest music festivals in Zambia!

Be sure to expect live musical acts from all over southern Africa, groovy beats from some fine local DJ’s, interactive presentations on environmentalism and sustainability, tasty food and delicious beer…and much, much more!

Join Greenpop at Earth Fest 27-28 June 2014, and party for the planet!

Tickets and Trees for Fees – book now!

Book for 1, 2 or 3 weeks at this unique Festival of Action – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Discount packages are on offer for groups and residents of African countries. Please send an enquiry to Zambia@greenpop.org for more information.

Additionally, why not get involved in Greenpop’s Trees for Fees programme! This programme allows volunteers to fundraise for trees and get a discount on your event fee. The more trees raised, the more of a discount received – and for those who do particularly well, Greenpop will negate the programme fees entirely! It’s easy – simply ask friends, family, colleagues, schoolmates to buy a tree each for the project, and the fee will be covered in no time. (Please note that the project fee does not include getting there.) Greenpop will provide a unique URL and all information required to fundraise, as well as some cool tree raising ideas!

To find out more about Trees for Fees, email zambia@greenpop.org or read the guidelines here.

About Greenpop

Greenpop is on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet by planting trees and have fun doing it.

Greenpop plants trees in urban greening and reforestation projects and hosts green events, educational workshops and festivals of action to inspire people to get active about a sustainable future.

Embark on a journey with Greenpop, and join the treevolution TODAY!

 

Article By: Greenpop Trees for Zambia

More information:

Website – www.greenpop.org

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/GreenpopTreevolution

Trees for Zambia Facebook Event