Sub Saharan Africa’s Burgeoning Environmental Movement

Did you know that many date the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States to 42 years ago, when 20 million Americans demonstrated throughout the country to call for a healthy, sustainable environment? Those demonstrations, which were held on the first Earth Day, focused on mainstream America’s lack of concern about air and water pollution.  They eventually led to the creation of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

The environmental movement has long since gone global, including in Sub Saharan Africa. The recently-announced 2012 winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize,which honors grassroots environmental heroes from throughout the world, are from Kenya, China, Russia, Philippines and Argentina, as well as the U.S.  Throughout Sub Saharan Africa, the importance of environmental stewardship is stronger than ever as witnessed in schools, on farms, and in communities.

Aid for Africa members are playing a key role in fostering a more sustainable Sub Saharan Africa, focusing on the goals identified 42 years ago — ensuring a sustainable environment, clean water and protecting endangered species. World Bicycle Relief has initiated a “Trees for Bikes” program that provides African children with bikes in exchange for planting tree saplings. charity: water has funded 6,185 water projects, mostly in Africa, that provide clean water for communities. Solar Cookers International has enabled more than 30,000 Sub Saharan families to cook using the sun’s energy rather than wood fuel, reducing air pollution, fostering better health and preserving forests.  Panthera continues to protect African lions, cheetah and leopards through programs with local communities.

Aid for Africa is a unique alliance of U.S.-based charities and their African partners dedicated to helping children, families and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more at

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World Bicycle Relief’s “Trees for Bikes” program provides a bike for every 150 saplings planted.


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


"The Earth is not only an environment. "She" is "Us". Her trees are our lungs, and her waterways are our circulatory system. Her cry reflects the cry of our own species as we disrespect, destroy and exploit one another. "We" are the generation that has perpetuated the practices that have created the deterioration of our Holy Mother Earth, and we stand accused. In this song, the voices of our children plead and demand for restoration of the planet. There is only one force that is capable of achieving what they now ask of us..."

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Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

We must work together to save our world.

Arild Warud


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Joan Mcallister
5 years ago

We in the western world could learn a lot from these people.

nicola w.
Jane H5 years ago

Too true Lydia P. - we consume so much water, fuel and energy we don;t need - expect food available all year not just what is local and in season - then I look around the house and wonder why anyone needs so much choice in the colour of things like toilets...Too much stuff and too much waste ...and too many of us .

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

We could be taking lessons from them!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

Teach them and they shall learn, show them and they shall do it. Kudos to all the members of Aid for Africa in helping to foster the environmental movement. Different groups have introduced some very great ideas.
We in the western world keep' paving paradise and putting in parking lots', building homes that don't need to be so big...out of wood!? We all need to change our ways!!

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Christine Stewart
Christine S5 years ago

I am so glad there are numerous groups trying to help heal the Earth all over the world!