Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia 2013 is underway

Press Release, 15 July 2013:

 Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia 2013 is underway, 1021 trees planted in first week and Earth Fest this weekend in Livingstone

Greenpop has embarked on its second Trees for Zambia Action Event, from 7 – 28 July 2013.  The Trees for Zambia project is a reforestation project in Livingstone and an eco-awareness campaign.  The 3-week tree planting event is coupled with an ongoing campaign to inspire awareness about deforestation, climate change, tree planting, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Trees for Zambia 2013 volunteers will plant indigenous and fruit trees in schools, on subsistence farms and in reforestation sites, sourcing as many trees as possible from local small scale growers. Again Greenpop will host educational workshops for school children, subsistence farmers and volunteers. Trees for Zambia is a holistic awareness campaign based on getting people active about making sustainable changes.

This year has a particular focus on alternative energy sources namely solar energy and will see the making of solar cookers and awareness-raising on their use. Volunteers from around the world are in Livingstone for one, two or three weeks and are guaranteed a rewarding and fun experience and are based at the Greenpop Village (found at the Livingstone Safari Lodge half way between Victoria Falls and Livingstone town).

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Last week was Week 1 of the green Action Event and saw 1021 trees planted at 6 different schools, Sons of Thunder Farming Community and Dambwa Forest concession in collaboration with Lion Alert. Greenpop also hosted Forest in Focus Film event at the Greenpop Village in Livingstone, which saw the 5 winning United Nations Short Films on Forests screened. Last Thursday evening a speaker evening was held and attendees were treated to talks by Talks from modern sustainability activist Josh Ramsey, Botanist Evelyn Roe, Environmental activist Tribute Mboweni and CEO of the African Lion Environmental Research Trust Dave Youldon. On Friday evening, a celebration was held and live music performances saw us into the weekend – Jeremy Loops, Tribute Mboweni and Josh Ramsay (playing together for the first time) and Flint, Meet Spark.

Greenpop believes greening and sustainable living can be fun and is very excited about the Trees for Zambia project providing this avenue for volunteers. We are excited to build connections with those working in Zambia on reforestation and environmental awareness and are looking forward to spending time with like-minded people who are ready to plant, learn, educate, share and explore their way towards sustainable change.

Trees for Zambia is 3 weeks of planting, solar cooking, film evenings, speaker evenings, football games, sustainability workshops, tree identification courses, teacher training, educational wall murals, live music evenings, food forest experiments, and lots more fun. For the full schedule of events for Trees for Zambia, click here: http://www.greenpop.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Schedule-Greenpop-Trees-for-Zambia-2013.pdf

Fun & Earth Fest this week

On top of planting and various education and solar energy projects Trees for Zambia hosts a series of fun evening events to reward a hard day’s work.  Over the three weeks, there will be screenings of short films on eco topics on Tuesdays, soccer games on Wednesdays and conference evenings on Thursdays.  Conference themes are ‘sustainability’ for the first week, ‘deforestation’ for the second week and ‘eco-tourism’ for the third week.  Fridays are party nights with a host of local and African bands performing.  The second weekend (THIS WEEK) also sees Earth Fest, a music and sustainability festival, combine with Trees for Zambia.  The weekend starts with a train party from Livingstone station to Victoria Falls bridge, complete with DJs and drinks – and attendees can bunji jump from the bridge on Friday night for half price (it’s also almost full moon)! The festival continues on Saturday with various sustainability workshops at the Greenpop Village at Livingstone Safari Lodge in the afternoon from 15:00 followed by an evening celebrating Southern African musical talent from 18:00, performers including Jeremy Loops, Chicken Bus Band, Yes Rasta, Black Light Panda, Pat McCay, Tribute Mboweni, That Mans band and more.

Join us!

Greenpop welcomes anyone interested in the project to participate.  This includes people living and/or working in Livingstone who want to join in the fun and attend planting or events.

Tickets are available for Earth Fest in Victoria Falls from

Victoria Falls Steam Train, Zimbabwe Tourism Office, Shoestring Backpackers and Shearwater Adventures Bridge and Main Office.  They can also be bought in Livingstone from The Spot, Jolly Boys Backpackers and Livingstone Backpackers.  Ticket prices are as follows: 

EARTH FEST:

Friday 19th July Train: $40 or ZMW 220

Saturday 20th July workshops and live music concert: $15 or ZMW 80 (at the door) OR $10/ ZMW 50 (presold )

Double deal (Friday and Saturday parties for Earth Fest): $50 or ZMW 270

Camping at Greenpop Village on Friday 19th July and/or Saturday 20th July: $10 or ZMW 50 per night (people are asked to bring their own tent and dinner will be on sale)

Jeremy Loops, Chicken Bus Band, Yes Rasta, Black Light Panda, Pat McCay, Tribute Mboweni, That Mans band and more.

Email Zambia@greenpop.org or call +260 96 822 0057 for information or to reserve tickets or buy at the places mentioned above.

FRIDAY PARIES:

  • Friday 12 July, 19:30: Party at the Greenpop village with Jeremy Loops. Tribute Mboweni, Flint, Meet, Spark and more. (Kr50)
  • Friday 26th July, 19:30: Party at the Greenpop village with Tribute Mboweni, Black Light Panda, Pat McCay, DJ Bobzyouruncle and more. (Kr50)

 FILM EVENINGS:

  • Tues 16th, 19:30: Environmental film screening at Greenpop Village (Kr20)
  • Tues 23rd, 19:30: Forest in Focus Film Festival at Greenpop Village (Kr20)

 SPEAKER EVENINGS:

  • Thurs 11th, 19:30:
    What: Sustainability Speaker Evening.  Talks from Josh Ramsey, Botanist Evelyn Roe, Environmental activist Tribute Mboweni and CEO of the African Lion Environmental Research Trust Dave Youldon

 Thurs 18th , 19:30:

  • What: Deforestation Speaker Evening.  Talks by senior member of the Zambian Forestry Department Mr. Victor Chiiba; Tree expert, Meg Palgrave; Crosby from SunFire Solutions; Elizabeth Musonda talking on improved Cook Stoves.

 Thurs 25th July, 19:30:

  • What: Speaker Evening.  Talks by CEO of the African Lion Environmental Research Trust, Dave Youldon, Anna Shevel from Global Carbon Exchange and more 

Zambia: Background and challenges

Deforestation has severe ecological, social and economic impacts in Zambia.  Poor land management, burn farming, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal have led to Zambia having one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.  Deforestation brings a decrease in biodiversity, an increase in flood and drought prevalence and endangers food security. Internationally, deforestation accounts for 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions every year.  This has motivated the Trees for Zambia action and the project’s focus on sustainable change, reforestation and eco awareness.

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, says:

“Management of the forest has been a challenge following massive deforestation due to charcoal burning, unsustainable agriculture and unsustainable land use practices. The harm caused to the environment due to careless cutting of trees is huge. Loss of forests contributes as much as 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year and this is very dangerous, we need to do something to stop this.”

More on Zambia’s forests can be found in the Trees for Zambia concept note . Additionally, Greenpop’s media partner, Makhulu, made a film, Amazing Grace during the 2012 Trees for Zambia which has won the United Nations Forum Short Film Award for Africa.

Trees for Zambia 2013 – Aims

  1. Create awareness around the deforestation issue and highlight grassroots solutions that can start being implemented
  2. Develop a culture of planting trees within communities through conservation education, and by teaching people how to plant and look after trees
  3. Highlight the global value of conserving the world’s natural forests
  4. Promote and provide alternative energy sources (particularly solar cooking), so that people can move away from the dependence on charcoal
  5. Start reforestation in protected forest sites to replace the pioneer trees, allowing for new growth and regeneration of soil content
  6. Educate children on their natural environment, and help feed them by planting fruit trees at under-privileged schools and learn from them too
  7. Promote conservation farming methods to replace slash and burn techniques that will stop

Contribute a TREE or 2 or 3
We are trying to raise trees for Trees for Zambia and are using a crowdfunding site called IndieGoGo where people from all over the world can contribute very small amounts that all add up to lots of glorious trees!

We are trying to reach a larger audience so if you happen to know people internationally that you could share this with or email to your networks etc, we would be so grateful. There are also some really cool perks that people who contribute get! One of the volunteers joining Trees for Zambia has recently offered to match all contributions on IndieGoGo so if you buy 1 tree you’re actually giving 2!

Here is the link to share: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trees-for-zambia-2013?c=home

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Greenpop is very grateful for all its partners who helped make Trees for Zambia possible and who are contributing to a sustainable future.

For more information about Trees for Zambia, contact Lauren O’Donnell on +26(0)96 822 0057 or email zambia@greenpop.org

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