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Earth Day 2021: Read, Plant, Grow

Videos, essays, and poems from our event on 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're happy to share the evening broken down into parts. It was great to come together and show support for young environmental leaders who are working hard to make a real difference!

Welcome

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

Kenya

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

Morocco

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

Pakistan

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

California

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

Thank You

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

Essays & Poems

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The Tree of Life: Essays from the Land of Argania Spinosa

These essays are part of an upcoming anthology on nature and Amazigh traditions in the region around Biougra, Morocco.

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 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.

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 Palo Alto Kiwanis, Canopy, and Environmental Volunteers for co-sponsoring this event and to our friends at AZA for their gift of music!

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