When westerners think of Africa, we imagine desert expanses, lush jungle environments, and untamed natural beauty. While much of the continent is still largely untouched, there exist urban areas in desperate need of a restoration of tree and plant life, and a rekindled connection to the natural world. This is particularly true in poor, densely-populated areas surrounding larger metropolitan cities. Below is an example from an area outside of Johannesburg, South Africa.
|An under-greened township outside of Johannesburg|
Greenpop recognizes that there is a disparity between “leafy, privileged areas and barren, under-privileged areas” and have made a commitment to take action to restore a culture of planting trees in under-greened areas to provide environmental and social change.
|Volunteers and students celebrate after planting trees at a school in Cape Town.|
Here are a few links if you’d like to help or get involved:
Greenpop’s Homepage: http://www.greenpop.org/
Gift a Tree: http://www.greenpop.org/give-trees/
Subscribe to Newsletter: http://www.greenpop.org/newsletter-sign-up/