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LOVE OF NATURE

Sycamore Fig on the banks of the Talek River, Maasai Mara, Kenya

we protect what we know and love

A reverence for nature is an underlying value in everything we do, even in our "pure" literacy and library projects. We are at a critical point in human history, with environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity accelerating at a frightening pace. Together we must learn — or relearn — how to live sustainably with our environment and other life on earth. At Oliveseed, we see literacy, critical thinking, and responsible stewardship of our world as intertwined, and we have an opportunity to inspire positive action through knowledge and direct experience. We also believe that the communities we work with have much to contribute to the world's wisdom on living sustainably.

At the ground level, our approach is through education and community involvement, building quality knowledge on nature and current environmental challenges in libraries and writing projects, and collaborating on projects that foster a culture of local environmental leadership. In Morocco, many of our library projects spawned environmental clubs at schools; in Kenya, our partnership with Wildlife Clubs of Kenya also allows us to integrate their successful materials and programs into our work.

"Education, if it means anything, should not take people away from the land, but instill in them even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what is being lost."

~ Wangari Maathai

founder of the Green Belt Movement