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. It was a really amazing experience. If you have the chance to plant trees with GreenPop I recommend going.
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 becausethere 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. I have tried to add photos to profile but I haven't worked how to do it yet...