The event was attended by about 60 local residents, environmentalists as well as government officials. Most, if not all, of them have not yet heard about the African Climate Reality Project, and thus my short introduction on stage was a first point of entry for them.
Most of the visitors to the WESSA stall were more interested in the Layman’s guide to local Invasive Plant Species that WESSA Eden compiled, or the eco-bricks that Bio-wise Knysna is initiating as a local project. However, I was able to make two important connections. First I connected with a Knysna municipality representative who is interested in working together with us in the development of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Knysna, which is planned for development during the next year. I also met a community manager of Cape Nature’s George office, and we’re discussing a joint youth event or eco-art workshop for World Environment Day.