Every year, we return to Livingstone to connect with active citizens from around the globe, plant trees, upcycle, build with eco-materials, learn about permaculture, share, give back, grow and get active.
In Livingstone, Zambia deforestation is a daily reality. But rather than seeing this as an insurmountable obstacle, Greenpop sees an opportunity to learn.
Each year during June and July, Greenpop runs the Zambia Festival of Action – a three week service learning project which brings together hundreds of high school students and adults from all over the world to learn about sustainability and active citizenship and plant hundreds of trees at schools and community farms near Livingstone.
Over the last four years, the project has evolved from having a singular focus on tree planting to taking a more plural approach; eco-enterprise workshops, permaculture activities, food forest projects, public art activations, waste management training, skills development and leadership take centre stage. It is now an emersion in sustainability – a conference of holistic active citizenship and skills sharing that leaves participants ready to tackle challenges in their own communities.
At the heart of Greenpop’s ethos is a belief that environmental and social solutions lie, not in anxiety, which can immobilise, but in positive action. David Nikisi, a forestry student from Zimbabwe who joined the programme in 2015 noted that, while many talk about change, “Greenpop has the know-how and the action.”
We’re gearing up to welcome you with muddy hands and big smiles for a week (or two or three) of environmental action and cultural adventure in 2017! You’ll roll up your sleeves and get hands-on permaculture experience, challenge your minds to spark off ideas for a greener future, and get elbow deep in Zambia’s red soil planting trees with volunteers from around the world and schools and communities in and around Livingstone. You’ll live, learn and get silly with like-minded people, and come away with life-long friends!