Eden Festival of Action 2021 will be Greenpop’s 9th annual Festival of Action event hosted
over 7 days from 19 – 26 September 2021 at Wild Spirit Lodge, Garden Route.
All over the globe right now, people are looking towards a green recovery, to accelerate
climate action and to build back better. The local NGO is using this momentum to inspire
change in people’s lives, to get active (not anxious) about the future of our planet.
In line with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which is advocating for the halt of
ecosystem degradation, 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.
What is incredible about restoring landscapes is that it provides a foundation for all of the
Sustainable Development Goals, like reducing flood and fire risk, ending hunger and aiding
economic growth. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at which the goals are
the heart of, were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, sharing the essence of peace
and prosperity for the people and planet, now and for generations to come.
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. Watch the video from the Eden Festival of Action 2019 here.
The event in 2021 will be hosted at Wild Spirit Lodge, located near Plettenberg Bay in the
heart of the Garden Route. Surrounded by the indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma
National Park and pristine beaches, the location is a 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 of the Eden District back 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.
At their Eden Festival of Action in 2021, Greenpop plans to plant 2000-3000 indigenous trees,
participate in much-needed alien clearing, paint environmental murals in collaboration with
local communities 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.
Greenpop aim to immerse attendees in this week-long sustainability experience through
their 8 pillars:
From beekeeping to natural building and upcycling, the festival will provide a space for
turning environmental awareness into positive action in a creative way that will aid growth in
people and the planet alike. Collaborative artworks, live music, DJ’s, and dancing under the
clear, unpolluted night skies that the Garden Route boasts are some additional highlights of
the festival. The skills learned and shared will be invaluable in creating a more
environmentally conscious society that can better respond to the environmental and social
challenges we face, now and in the future. The Eden Festival of Action aims to create an
empowered regenerative community and wants to equip guests to become custodians of
the natural world.
Another aim of Greenpop is to make this event as inclusive and accessible as possible. They
want anyone to be able to come and change their world, become an active citizen, no
matter their background. Which is why, thanks to amazing support from CapeNature, they
offer scholarship spaces for low-income youth.
19 – 26 September 2021
Book here – http://festivalofaction.com/book-now/
Event Page – http://bit.ly/Eden21FB
Website – www.festivalofaction.com
Who is Greenpop?
Greenpop is a social enterprise on a mission to (re)connect people with the planet. They
plant trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental
education, and activate people through green workshops and events.
Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 130 000 indigenous and fruit
trees at schools and other urban sites, community farms as well as forests across South
Africa, Zambia and Tanzania. More than the number of trees, Greenpop is inspired by the
hands that have helped to plant the trees and the further thousands that have joined
Greenpop’s eco-education programmes and made a commitment to be custodians of our