LOVE OF NATURE
Sycamore Fig on the banks of the Talek River, Maasai Mara, Kenya
we protect what we know and love
"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
A reverence for nature is a central value in everything we do at Oliveseed, even in our literacy and library projects. We are at a critical point in human history, with climate change, 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. 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, especially in the next generation. 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 engagement, building and sharing quality knowledge on nature and current environmental challenges, and collaborating on projects that foster a culture of local environmental leadership. We have an indigenous tree nursery in Kenya, sponsor tree-planting programs for youth that combine learning with activism, and partner with Wildlife Clubs of Kenya at schools; our library projects always include an element of environmentalism. We use all solar energy in our development projects.