Challenger Profile at a Glance
Meet the Earth Guardians Zambia team. This is a new team that came together in May 2020, then jumped in to participate in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. The team is making a difference by planting trees and starting community gardens in their communities.
- #48 – Earth Guardians Zambia
- 90-Day Challenge Goal: Plant trees and start community gardens
- Location: Ndola and Mufulira, Zambia
- Registered Challengers: Darwin Malwele, Mushawa Mundia
- 90-Day Challenge Period: September 1 – November 30, 2020
Here are some impact highlights from the Earth Guardians Zambia team during the 90-day challenge period:
- New team started in May 2020. Added 5 members
- Started a Facebook page
- Held 6 community events with 174 community attendees
- Started a tree nursery and grew 250 tree seedlings
- Planted 200 trees: 120 citrus, 20 pine, 40 moringa, 20 milemu indigenous
- Started 10 school and community gardens
- Developed partnerships with community groups and schools
Darwin said that the workbook, mentoring and weekly check-ins were all helpful.
“The challenge helped us make a bigger impact faster than if we had gone it alone,” said Darwin.
Moving forward, the team is planning to:
- Work toward their target of planting 10,000 trees and starting 100 community and school gardens
- Do voter outreach for 2021 elections
- Train youth and women on urban farming techniques
We asked Darwin, what is your advice for someone who wants to make an impact? Here’s what he wrote:
“The best time to make an eco-impact is now. They can do this by buying the Climate Challenge book written by Joan Gregerson of Green Team Academy, It has all the information needed. I am saying this because I am the recipient and beneficiary of the skills and knowledge contained in the book.
“The Climate Action Challenge book is a ‘must have’ for whoever wants to start or grow their eco-projects or any project. I had ideas of starting climate actions and environmental projects, but I was waiting to start with something big without knowing where to start from and how to start. I was introduced to Action Plan Retreat contained in the climate action challenge book and learned that I do not have to be an expert to start a project. Please anyone who wants to know what I am talking about should get the Climate Challenge book, I am saying this because I do not want anyone to waste time or resources for something which may not even have an impact but reaching out to people, individuals, or organizations that have the same or similar projects with much experience can help to avoid making mistakes/errors which they made that you might make. The other part is research. I was taught that I have to be more of a researcher. The book also equips individuals how to face, respond, and overcome challenges positively.
“If we can work together in unity, all things are possible.”
In our interview, Darwin also shared these tips:
- Don’t wait for the right time or to have all the necessary skills and resources.
- Just start researching and reaching out to people with similar projects.
- If I can make an impact, anyone can make an impact, as long as they believe in themselves and go through the Climate Action Challenge book.
Want to get involved? Contact the team to participate as a member or partner.