greenpopOn Sunday 15 June, Greenpop welcomed 39 volunteers from as far afield as Croatia, Scotland, and the United States to the first week of their Trees for Zambia project, which aims to plant between 4000 and 5000 trees in Livingstone schools, farms, community projects, and other beneficiaries from 15 June to 6 July. International volunteers joined forces with a corps of local treevolutionaries and dozens of people at each beneficiary location to plant a grand total of 502 trees.

Additionally, Greenpop launched five of the six participation projects that are adding their value to the project: Eco-Brick, Colour Ikamva, Ilizwi Photography, Permaculture Adventure, and Food Forest.

Colour Ikamva aims to instill a new sense of pride and possibility in students and educators through a series of artistic workshops that coincide with the transformation of the school. This week, Colour Ikamva started their creative sessions with the kids at Libala Primary school and created wallpapers for inside the classroom, and plan to start their mural-painting next Tuesday.

Using earth and eco bricks (plastic bottles stuffed with non-recyclable materials), the Trash to Treasure Eco-Brick project aims to demonstrate how to utilize waste and traditional cob methods to create much needed structures. This week, Trash to Treasure has started construction of two eco-brick benches: one at Sons of Thunder community farm and one at Linda Farm Community School.

The Ilizwi Photo Club equips local youth with cameras and trains them with skills that enable them to tell stories around environmental issues that matter to them most. Ilizwi had their first session on Thursday, got to know their twelve participants, and sent their photographers on their first assignment – they’re greatly looking forward to seeing the first batch of photos!

Permaculture Adventure and Food Forest both aim to foster a sustainable system of living and gardening, making gardening a way of life. This week, the two projects have combined to complete their first four permaculture beds at Sons of Thunder and planted seven fruit trees. In addition, they did an impromptu permaculture workshop at Urban Railways.

Trees for Zambia: What’s Next:

Tuesday, 24th of June – ECO FILM EVENING
All day planting and education workshops at Simoonga School and Twabuka School. Optional alternative activities include Permaculture design workshop, Colour Ikamva or a tree course with Meg Coates-Palgrave.

Wednesday, 25th of June – FOOTBALL EVENING
All day planting and education workshops at Sons of Thunder with lunch made from food from their garden. Optional alternative activities include Food Forest & Permaculture Garden, Eco Brick Bench, Colour Ikamva or a tree course with Meg Coates-Palgrave.

Thursday, 26th of June – SPEAKER EVENING
All day planting and education workshops at St Raphaels School and Linda Farm. Optional alternative activities include Ilizwi Photo Project, Colour Ikamva or a tree course with Meg Coates-Palgrave.

Earth Fest:

This weekend, Greenpop is bringing back Earth Fest – a music & sustainability festival bringing exciting artists from across southern Africa to play in Livingstone, Zambia – in the shadow of the Victoria Falls. Launched last year as part of Greenpop Trees for Zambia, Earth Fest is now an integral and recurring part of this Festival of Action. Through Earth Fest, we hope to prove that we can have the time of our lives while still ensuring the sustainability of our people, ourselves, and our planet.

The party will take place at the Livingstone Guest Farm from 18:00 on Friday and 15:00 on Saturday. Friday night will include traditional music and dancing, as well as trapeze artists and food stalls. During the day on Saturday, there will be a market with more food and a selection of local Zambian crafts, followed by performances from some of the finest artists in southern Africa. Lineup as follows:

Jeremy Loops (RSA)
Grassy Spark (RSA)
Chikenbus Band (ZIM)
Yes Rasta (ZAM)
DJ Claudous (ZAM)
Lemonella (RSA)
Treevolution Band (Worldwide)
…and more!

Purchase your tickets at:
African Impact, Livingstone Backpackers, Makambo Rd, Livingstone, Zambia
Adventure Lodge: Pioneer Rd and Spencer St, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge: West Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Travel Lodge: 2 Banff Rd, Hillside, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
The Book Cafe, Harare: corner Samora Machel and 6th Streets, Harare, Zimbabwe (tickets available soon)
Zambezi FM 107.7: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Rd, Livingstone, Zambia
Fez Bar: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Rd, Livingstone, Zambia
Jollyboys: Kanyanta Rd, Livingstone, Zambia
Rock FM, 96.5: Plot 10502/B Off Manchinchi Rd, Lusaka, Zambia

Whole weekend – $30 / Kr 210
Sat night only – $20 / Kr 140
Zambian passport holders can pay 60 K per night.
Camping spots available for $5 / Kr 35 per person per night.
Bring your own tent or book one through Greenpop. To book for camping spots or tents, pls email zambia@greenpop.org

For opportunities to win free tickets, all are encouraged to join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/earthfestafrica, Twitter at @EarthFest_, and the Whatsapp Festival Goers group at +260 973 345 468.

About Trees for Zambia:

Greenpop has embarked upon its third annual Trees for Zambia Festival of Action: an exciting reforestation and eco-education festival of action at the mighty Victoria Falls! Just like in previous years, Greenpop will be planting thousands of trees in sites in need all over Livingstone, Zambia in an effort to fight the drastic deforestation experienced in the region.

For the third year running, people have come from all over the world come to Livingstone to plant trees, educate children, learn about environmental issues through a range of lectures and workshops, enjoy brilliant live music, and explore a beautiful corner of Africa at the mighty Victoria Falls!

About Greenpop:

Greenpop is on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet. They plant trees and have fun
doing it. Greenpop plants trees in urban greening and reforestation projects and hosts green events, educational workshops and festivals of action to inspire people to get active about a sustainable future.
Embark on a journey with Greenpop, and join the treevolution TODAY!
More Information:

Earth Fest Africa Facebook Page – Earthfestafrica

Earth Fest 2014 Facebook Event – Events

Earth Fest 2014 Tickets – Webtickets
Earth Fest Twitter – @EarthFest_

Greenpop Facebook Page – GreenpopTreevolution

Greenpop Trees for Zambia 2014 Facebook Event – Events
Greenpop Website – Greenpop

Greenpop Twitter / Instagram – @GreenpopSA

GreenpopTreevolution Youtube channel (watch all our videos) – GreenpopTreevolution