Victoria Falls

From : The Livingstone Weekly
By : Gill Staden
12 February 2012

Climate Ambassadors clean up the Victoria Falls
Clare Mateke
Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ)

On Saturday, 4th January, twenty child climate ambassadors from Livingstone helped clean up litter from around the Victoria Falls. This was part of an ongoing project funded by UNICEF, in which children are being trained as climate ambassadors to carry out projects to improve the environment and help mitigate climate change. The programme is called “Unite for Climate” and is being facilitated in Zambia on behalf of UNICEF by the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ).

Saturday’s programme was combined with a visit to Livingstone by a UNICEF team from Ireland, including crew members from Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, who have been helping raise funds for UNICEF.

The day’s programme began with the planting of 15 trees at Livingstone Hospital, near the children’s

wing. The party then proceeded to the Victoria Falls, where they split into three groups. One group collected litter from the bridge to the Zambian border post, another group went down to the Boiling Pot, while the third group took the trail leading round towards the bridge which gives an overview of the Victoria Falls. Lots of litter was collected and much fun was had by all.

The ambassadors hope to make this a regular event and to try and help keep Livingstone and the Victoria Falls clean. They also hope to carry out tree planting programmes, school debates, and environmental awareness campaigns on radio and television.