With over 4,000 trees planted, and 265 participants and volunteers getting their hands dirty, our first Festival of Action on South African soil recently wrapped up with an explosive celebratory music evening. Here’s a look at what we got up to in the Eden District.
The last three weeks have seen our inaugural Eden Festival of Action launching in the Garden Route: an endeavour which has culminated as a roaring success, with hundreds of active citizens from all over the world taking part. Operating from the welcoming home base at Peace of Eden Vegan and Eco Lodge in Rheenendal, the festival’s sites spread throughout the surrounding areas ranging from Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield to Touwsranten, which were impacted by the devastating wildfires of June 2017.
The first 2 weeks of the programme were geared towards high schools students, and saw 85 and 75 students respectively joining us each week from schools across the country, while the third week hosted an all-ages programme. Bitou Municipality and Garden Route Rebuild Initiative both sponsored scholarships, which enabled 33 local students to attend the festival.