Be a part of a growing, global, green movement at Greenpop’s immersive, 7-day sustainability summit. The Eden Festival of Action will be Greenpop’s 10th annual Festival of Action welcoming all ages at the spectacular Wild Spirit Lodge on the Garden Route from 2 – 9 October 2022.
Restoring degraded landscapes is vital to prolonging life on earth. As a precursor to the upcoming COP27 conference in November seeking to accelerate global climate action, Greenpop is gearing up for local climate action, to unite in community, and get active (not anxious) for the future of the planet.
Greenpop’s restoration festival combines practical ecosystem restoration work like tree-planting, with a full line-up of workshops, talks and activities from sustainability experts. The evenings are filled with campfire sessions, storytelling and music from some of South Africa’s finest musicians.
Hosted at Wild Spirit Lodge, located near Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route, the event is situated amongst the indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park and pristine beaches. It is the perfect place to immerse in nature and give back to the surrounding area which is still suffering after devastating fires wreaked havoc on large areas in 2017. After these fires, Cape Town-based urban greening and reforestation organisation Greenpop was approached by various NGOs and community organisations to begin working in the area.
Energised as an implementation partner to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, advocating for the halt of ecosystem degradation, the local NGO Greenpop is aiming, through this event to promote a new culture of restoration, highlighting its importance when trying to undertake the planet’s biggest issues such as climate change and food security.
Expert facilitators: Nature-based Solutions Nature-based solutions are integral to ensuring a livable future for both our people and our planet. They are defined as solutions that are cost-effective, inspired and supported by nature, and provide social and economic benefits to help build resilience. Greenpop’s expert facilitators work with nature-based solutions to relieve myriad environmental challenges, including the worst effects of climate change, disaster risk, and biodiversity loss.
Wild Foraging with Roushanna Gray Veld and Sea founder, Roushanna Gray will be hosting a foraging workshop at the event in the surrounding forest. She shares her wild foraged food experiences, from harvesting to meal preparation, bringing nature to the table.
Natural Building with Ansgar von Oertzen After studying architecture in Germany, Ansgar von Oertzen found his passion for sustainable and natural building with eco-architects in Cape Town. Based on the Garden Route, Ansgar is an renowned local expert who will be sharing his knowledge of various building methods from cob construction, straw bale or light straw clay building to rammed earth construction, adobe, and sandbag.
Permaculture Principles with Alex Kruger Alex Kruger will be sharing in Permaculture & Agroforestry first principles – Applying succession processes we see in the forest to regenerative agriculture. “Learning from the forest so we can do things better, grow food and wood materials in a sustainable way, which mimics nature, and supports restoring natural systems”.
At the Eden Festival of Action in 2022, Greenpop plans to plant 2000-3000 indigenous trees, participate in much-needed alien clearing and host talks and workshops on sustainability. They will be inviting an array of NGO partners to attend to engage in further conversations imperative to furthering climate restoration work advocacy.
The event is structured around three main pillars: Landscape, Community & Self, and will be focussing on the following themes: Ecosystem Restoration, Urban Greening, Green Economy, Environmental Activism, Creativity for Change and Cultivating Wellbeing.
The Eden Festival of Action aims to create an empowered regenerative community, equipping participants to become custodians of the natural world, moving from commitment to action.
Greenpop aims to make events accessible and fun! Through their scholarship programme, they enable local youth from the surrounding communities to attend the event and learn from sustainability experts. In addition, participants can fundraise to earn a free ticket to the event through their Trees for Fees programme. Learn more about it here.