We’re just three and a half months into 2020 and already we know this is a year that humanity will never forget. The threat of a worldwide pandemic raps at the doors to our housebound hearts, one that is not characterised by a living organism, but rather a virus which doesn’t  seem to stem from nature. This brings into question our own true nature and the way in which we engage with the world – with Earth. What ‘environment’ have we as humans created, that allows for disease to thrive?

When death creeps into our quarters we start to look towards all that is living. To identify with that which breathes, grows and evolves so that we might better understand how to draw more breath into our own lives. We unearth a reverence, curiosity, appreciation and gratitude towards life and nature. We notice the leaves that are moved by the wind. And we feel how even when the body is brought to stillness, life continues to move, both inside us and around us. Maybe we start to question ourselves, our actions; how am I supporting my own life and the living organisms which unquestionably support my experience on Earth?

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of International Earth Day. This year’s Earth Day has been appropriately themed ‘climate action’ by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than one billion people every year as “a day of action to change human behavior and provoke policy changes.”

CCFA shares the Earth Day vision, which is to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.” In February, our team, together with Wilderness Foundation Africa, hosted a short education class for 48 grade 8 students at Coselelani Secondary School in Motherwell, Eastern Cape. Learners were educated on the importance of recycling and the ways in which every person can contribute to protecting and preserving our planet. The class was followed by a mass clean up in the area surrounding the school, to solidify the teachings (the waste was collected from Coselelani Secondary School by the Waste Trade Company, for appropriate recycling and disposal).

The CCFA team recognises Earth Day as a reminder that the Earth supports human growth each day and so we too should pool our efforts to support her in our daily lives. It comforts us to know that our beehive project goes a long way to supporting nature’s activities. The re-homing of 9 million bees in the Eastern Cape means that cross-pollination is supported in those areas and flora and fauna can thrive while farmers enjoy nature’s assistance in the growth of their crops. To read more about other CCFA carbon offsetting projects, visit our projects page https://www.ccfa.africa/projects/

Lockdown Reading

We recommend this extra reading for you on Earth Day.

6 Lessons Coronavirus Can Teach us About Climate Change