The Kilimanjaro Project Updated
IN THE LAST EDITION OF InFlight WE INCLUDED AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE KILIMANJARO PROJECT, INNOVATIVE ART-FOR-CHANGE AIMING TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE BY DRAPING AFRICA’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN COLOURFUL FABRIC. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME DEVELOPMENTS SINCE THEN, SO WE CHECKED IN WITH THEM FOR AN UPDATE.
The Kilimanjaro Project is in now full swing, having shifted its main focus from an art installation on Kilimanjaro to a largescale tree-planting initiative. While creativity and art play an important part in communicating the need to “Act Now”, Sarah Scott, project co-founder and creative lead, realised that raising awareness around climate change was not enough; she had to inspire action. And the best way to inspire action is to take action yourself!
After careful study and consideration of what has been happening on the mountain – with glaciers disappearing and rainfall drastically decreasing – the Kilimanjaro Project team decided to focus on a long-term tree-planting initiative, kicking off by planting1,000,000 trees as an Ear th Day Project on 23rd April, as part of a 50 million tree planting initiative over the next 10 years.The goal of this initiative is to bring more rainfall to the Kilimanjaro Region by planting millions of trees.
They’re partnering with local government, nursery owners, churches, mosques and schools to bring the community together to plant these trees, thus also growing the initiative into a community action project. More than 300,000 trees are currently growing in nurseries across the region, and more are being planted every day.
You can join in and become a rainmaker by supporting their crowdfunding campaign at www.crowdrise.com/trees-4-kilimanjaro and receive your badge of honour!
If you would like to get involved with the project, volunteer or contribute as a sponsor or in a larger capacity, please visit www.thekilimanjaroproject.org or send an email to email@example.com.
For more information on the project, search for the Kilimanjaro Project video on YouTube or follow them on the following social media sites: thekiliproject
The Kilimanjaro Project