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Earth Day 2021: Read, Plant, Grow

Videos, essays, and poems from our event on Earth Day, April 22nd

 

Student groups from Morocco, Kenya, Pakistan, and California shared video stories that evening on their environmental projects. In case you weren't able to join us, we are happy to share the evening here broken down into parts. It is great to come together and show support for young environmental leaders who are working hard to make a real difference in this world!

Welcome

Vincent and Barb's opening, and a quick look at the environmental aspect of our education work and the MLK Day launch

Morocco

From Ilham, Ali, and their students, a plastics campaign, an pedagogical organic farm, and restoring a forest of the ancient argan tree

California

From 3 Bay Area schools, an urgent appeal to protect forests, a student discussion of climate and wildfires, and neighborhood tree plantings 

Kenya

From Amos and his eco-team, reforesting a critical wildlife habitat in the Maasai Mara, a visit to tree nursery preserving native species at the Mara Discovery Centre

Pakistan

Plastics clean-up, recycling, and tree plantings in the streets of Islamabad with Stephanie and her students at Sitara School

Thank You

A nature poem from a young Maasai, our thanks to all, and a musical performance by our friends from the Amazigh band AZA

You'll find an interview with Amos and longer versions of the videos by Ilham, Ali, and AZA on our Youtube channel.

Essays & Poems

The Tree of Life: Essays from the Land of Argania Spinosa (Biougra, Morocco)

These essays are part of an upcoming anthology on nature and Amazigh traditions in this region.

The tree of life, by Hamza Hemouzal

Water shortage: Chtouka Air Baha as a case study, by Zakaria Aarabi

Our home is burning, by Naoual Azbouri

We are the problem, by Khadija Abraouch

Amazigh women & Argan trees, by Ali Amhal

Poetry for Our Planet

A native Maasai, Daniel Oloishorua Naingisa is a poet, naturalist, and first-year college student. He lives in Narok in the Maasai Mara. He wrote these poems for us for Earth Day.

See also the blog post from California student Nicolette Gualino.

How you can pay It forward! Help these teachers and students plant an argan tree in Morocco or native trees in a critical wildlife habitat in Kenya. Thank you.

Thank you to our California partners Canopy, Palo Alto Kiwanis, and Environmental Volunteers for co-sponsoring this event and to our friends at AZA for their fabulous music!

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