Greenpop: Planting indigenous trees and connecting people with nature in South Africa

Greenpop are spreading a treevolution in South Africa by planting trees while reconnecting people to the planet as well as to themselves.

The non-profit organisation plants trees through urban greening and reforestation projects. It also aims to spread environmental awareness, and activate people through green festivals and workshops across Southern Africa.

With an emphasis on environmental education, Greenpop’s tree planting projects concentrate on planting trees in under-greened urban settings, especially schools, community centres and educares, as well as small small-scale reforestation projects in conservation and/or protected areas requiring indigenous forest restoration.

Greenpop was set up Misha Teasdale. The self-titled TreeEO was living the dream of travelling the world as a film producer. But the South African realised his carbon footprint was unsustainable for the planet. So, he created Green Pop, an organisation dedicated to repopulating the forests of South Africa.

Misha Teasdale recently featured in a Red Bull TV-produced documentary, The Rise of Us, which showcases four South African trailblazers who are creating a better world for those around them and redefining what young, socially-minded entrepreneurship is capable of achieving. You can watch the full documentary and Misha Teasdale’s clip on Red Bull TV.

Greenpop have planted over 34,000 trees in the last six years. The organisation is also behind the annual Reforestation Festival, which takes place in the Platbos indigenous forest. The aim is to reforest Platbos and increase biodiversity, while spreading awareness about the forest and the need to preserve it. Greenpop says it is the best way to gather the brain power, motivation, and hundreds of hands needed to accomplish such an enormous project.

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Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, music and arts. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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