Earth Day takes place annually on 22 April to highlight and promote environmental issues, conservation and the protection of our planet.
This year’s theme – ‘Invest in Our Planet’ – again encourages governments, institutions, businesses and citizens to act and help protect our planet for future generations.
At Self Help Africa, regenerative agriculture, climate smart farming practices and reforestation efforts are at the core of our work with small-scale farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Self Help Africa is part of the world’s biggest community-led land restoration project, the Global EverGreening Alliance’s Restore Africa initiative, which recently launched in Kenya. It aims to restore 1.9 million hectares of land, and directly supports 1.5 million smallholder farming families across six countries in Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
We have also launched a campaign encouraging companies to offset their carbon footprint by planting trees with us in Africa. As well as removing carbon from the atmosphere, these trees will leave a legacy in communities by providing a source of food, income, shade and more.
Earth Day is an urgent reminder that we must create sustainable ways of living and working while restoring and building new ecosystems for future generations.
To find out more about our work in response to the climate challenges faced in sub-Saharan Africa visit here.
Our Global Citizenship Education team are also available for workshops with schools, community groups and others, focusing on the impacts of climate change and what we can all do to make a difference.