World Environment Day 2018

African Climate Reality Project action

This World Environment Day African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) asked Climate Leaders and volunteers to empower Africa’s youth to take action against climate change, and the result was an inspiring continent-wide day of action.  From Madagascar to Mauritania climate conscious Africans rose to the occasion and organised educational, empowering and entertaining activities.

ACRP provided volunteers with a basic resource toolkit that included posters, climate change presentations, activity ideas and more, but it was the volunteers’ initiative that made World Environment Day such a success.

Pre-school toddlers and university students both #BeatPlasticPollution in their own way, a primary school choir learnt about using off-grid renewable energy, and future climate champions of all ages planted a considerable number of trees!

Photographer: Liberty Dube

ACRP was at three of these World Environment Day events.  Climate Leader and ACRP Branch Manager, Gillian Hamilton, visited a Johannesburg primary school and gave a climate change presentation.  The influx of questions and students’ creative suggestions on how to stop climate change showed their curiosity and enthusiasm to take action for the future of their environment.

  • ACRP Branch Manager, Gillian Hamilton.

  • Students were very enthusiastic to answer questions and give suggestions on how to care for our climate.

Climate Leader and CEO of Enerlogy (Pty) Ltd, Sunny Morgan, joined ACRP and our South African host, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), at a primary school in Tembisa.  Homework by candlelight or kerosene lamp is the current reality of children all over Africa – but off-grid, clean energy solutions can make all the difference to their education.  Sunny took World Environment Day as an opportunity to show these future climate champions how solar energy works with a live demonstration using small solar panels to power lights and charge phones.  The students in turn rewarded the attending organisations with lively performances from the choir and traditional dancing group.  The students and ACRP then joined FTFA in planting indigenous and fruit trees next to the school’s impressive vegetable garden.

Timothy Mugerwa, ACRP’s East African regional coordinator visited a secondary school in Kampala, Uganda, along with ACRP’s newest Goodwill Ambassador and popular musician, Ronald Mayinja.  Mugerwa spoke to the students about climate action and the future of Africa’s environment, and delved deeper into the #BeatPlasticPollution theme by discussing different ways to follow the ‘three R’s’ – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Students enjoying Tim Mugerwa’s presentation.
Photographer: Godfrey Lufafa

Mugerwa was then joined by Mayinja for a lesson in tree planting.  Mayinja, who will soon start touring the country to empower more Ugandans in the fight against climate change, walked the students through the tree planting process – and now they can look forward to the oranges and mangoes that will soon bejewel the new trees in their school garden.

  • Photographer: Godfrey Lufafa

  • Photographer: Godfrey Lufafa

  • Photographer: Godfrey Lufafa

Several events were organised solely by ACRP volunteers, and for all the tree plantings, debates, art competitions, community clean-ups and more, the African Climate Reality Project team expresses our sincere gratitude, and extreme pride in our fellow Africans.

Africa’s youth has everything to gain from taking climate action, and everything to lose from not – and ACRP is calling on Africa’s youth to be agents of change.  Swaziland pre-school toddlers showed us on World Environment Day that you can never be too young to take a stand for the future of Africa’s environment, so why wait?  Take climate action for Africa now.

To see ACRP volunteers’ World Environment Day actions visit ACRP News.

To submit your World Environment Day action for publication contact ACRP’s Communications Coordinator.