A big thank you to all my friends and everyone on care2 who supported me in my recent trip to Zambia planting trees with my son by signing this petition:
It was a really amazing experience.
I went wanting to help trees and people in Zambia and I came home thankful to Zambian people for helping me to develop a stronger sense of joy and gratitude for the beauty of nature and wonder of life. They are perfectly capable of planting trees without me - it was kind of them to allow me along for the ride. They appreciated the trees my friends and I funded.
The people at Greenpop were amazing. If you have a chance to spend time with these people then take it. They are alive, and fun and inspiring to be with.
Zambian people are really friendly and open. Everyone smiles and waves and they have super cool handshakes. One can almost start to think they have no worries at all, depsite the fact that over 60% of the population live on $1 a day. They stand tall, have a sense of joy and a calm dignity. Poverty is the root cause of deforestation in Zambia.
We planted trees at schools, farms, communities for the disabled, a biogas producer, a chapel and a maximum security prison. We connected with local people each day, while we planted trees together or created organic gardens.
It was hard work but also lots of fun.
We: danced and sang; played drums, rode bikes; dug lots of holes; planted more trees; learned about permaculture and reduced, reused, recyled and upcycled. We sat round camp fires and ate a lot of chickpeas cooked on solar ovens. We returned home full of gratitude for our privileged comfortable lives in safe homes with hot and cold running water.GreenPop is run by young, passionate people with integrity that know that planting a few trees thousand trees each month is not enough.
They link up different groups that are all doing great things because there are so many people out there doing great things for the environment and empowering people to make positive changes in the world. And together we are making a difference.
In Zambia, GreenPop support local efforts led by Uncle Ben, who has been a conservationist for 50 years. Without the trees, there is no home for wild animals. I have tried to add photos to profile but I haven't worked how to do it yet...