Building capacity and facilitating community stewardship
Why do we need GrowGreen?
“Stewardship means the management or care of something” (www.vocabulary.com/dictionary)
Humanity has compromised the ability of our land, rivers and oceans to support life, and we are wiping out the diversity that allows life to perpetuate over time, to recover in the face of disaster. All of this is being made worse by climate change. Climate change is natural, but it happens very slowly over eons so that life has a chance to adapt and change with it. Our actions have caused and are continuing to cause the climate to change too rapidly and extremely for most species to adapt to. We have also created a social system that has resulted in great poverty and places to live that are extremely bad for our health. There is social unrest, economic failure and ecological degradation. We created this situation so we can also change it if we want to – the choice is ours.
What is your choice?
Gondwana Alive choose a third option – one where humanity lives among the trees in harmony with each other and the rest of nature. To achieve this, each of us needs to become a steward with the understanding, skills and ability to heal and care for our planet in the way in which we live our lives and go about our business.
What is GrowGreen?
Gondwana Alive’s GrowGreen programme seeks to develop community stewards with the understanding, skills and ability to heal and care for our planet in the way in which we live our lives and go about our business.
Through mentorship in the work place we develop the capacity of interested individuals, organizations, gardeners, farmers and municipal workers to care for our water, soil, biodiversity and ecosystems.
The GrowGreen programme includes a number of projects:
Community Steward Training – building individual and institutional capacity for community stewardship.
Groen Sebenza – hosting, mentoring, training and employing 800 young graduates and matriculants in the biodiversity sector.
Green Gardeners – facilitating training, promotion and employment of gardeners able to care for water, soil, biodiversity and ecosystems.
Green Paths – developing the skills of gardeners, farm and municipal workers to build, monitor and maintain trail paths and experiences.
Biodiversity and Red Meat Cooperative Land & Livestock adaptation to climate change project.
Kommetjie Coastal Stewards – pilot mentorship project developing multi-skilled coastal community stewards.
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” ― Pope John Paul II (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes)
Why did Gondwana Alive initiate the GrowGreen Programme?
To create jobs, develop skills and restore biodiversity and ecosystems.
How does Gondwana Alive support GrowGreen?
Through customized mentorship and training services, shortly to be facilitated through online and mobile channels.