Anxious about the state of the planet? Get involved in Eden Festival of Action

Many people are becoming more and more anxious about the state of the planet.

Founder of Greenpop, Misha Teasdale wants to help shift them from apathy into a state of action by getting them to fall in love with nature.

The tree-planting initiative is known particularly for the annual Reforest Festival at Platbos near Gansbaai in the Western Cape.

In March, volunteers planted almost 10,000 indigenous trees.

Greenpop also hosts other initiatives and the 2019 Eden Festival of Action kicks off in the Garden Route in June.

Read: Authorities assess Knysna fire and #CapeStorm aftermath

Our mission is to get people active and not anxious about the state of the planet, getting people invested through falling in love with nature.

Misha Teasdale, Founder - Greenpop

We're looking to places where there are degraded landscapes and seeing how do we engage with volunteers, nature reserves etc. and how do we essentially regenerate some of those areas.

Misha Teasdale, Founder - Greenpop

The Eden Festival of Action runs for three weeks, but volunteers have the option of signing up for one, two or three weeks.

Each week-long programme is jampacked with events, starting with an intensive orientation period after participants arrive on the Sunday which includes a broader look at the context of sustainable living.

From Tuesday through to the Friday we are doing tree planting and permaculture and natural building and environmental art murals - we paint massive murals - bio-mimicry, bee keeping, you name it.

Misha Teasdale, Founder - Greenpop

The Festival also hosts high school students from around the country, with scholarships available for young people from low-income areas.

The youth initiative takes place from 22-29 June, with the adult week running from 7-14 July.

For more information go to http://festivalofaction.com/ or email Greenpop at info@greenpop.org.

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