Trees for Zambia
After the frustrations of lengthy, unproductive international climate negotiations, and the seemingly excruciatingly slow pace of progress, it can become difficult to move past disillusionment.
Will anything ever change? Can the little people and small projects make any discernible difference, while governments wring their hands and continue to talk?
Covering the COP17 climate negotiations in Durban made me question a lot of things, but it also reminded me of the urgency of the task at hand, of why perhaps individuals need to step up when others dither. You can have a listen to some of those slightly hoarse and breathless thoughts here, dug up from our archive.
South African social enterprise organisation Greenpop is running a project for the first time in Zambia - a country whose rate of deforestation is amongst the highest in the world - planting trees with volunteers in nature reserves, public spaces and schools.
They’re trying to change mindsets and lives, by getting their hands dirty. I’m joining them for a week in Livingstone, to see if they’re succeeding.
Follow my questions, thoughts and wanderings here. And as Greenpop is all about bringing environmental awareness into the - mostly young - popular domain, I’ll be also Instagramming snapshots from my Zambia experience here.
Have a look and listen to my diary at the bottom of the page.
Pictures in the heading were provided by Sydelle Willow Smith from Greenpop