As awareness and concern for the environment grows, Global Peace Foundation and its global network of leaders have been at the forefront, integrating environmental restoration as a vital part of local service projects and youth leadership programs.
For countries like Mongolia and Kenya, one large area of focus for this year has been on reforestation efforts. Working with Global Peace Foundation chapters in both countries, the Global Peace and Development Service Alliance (GPDSA) has made significant strides in propagating the growth of indigenous and fruit trees. Thus far, 1 million trees have been planted in Mongolia by My Club and GPF volunteers.
In Tanzania, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) worked with local volunteers and stakeholders, including the Environmental Conservation Community of Tanzania, to clean up the beaches of Mbezi Beach. The event gathered youth from Dar es salaam to volunteer and clean the beach area. As part of the Vijana Na Amani (Youth for Peace) campaign, which seeks to raise young people as leaders and changemakers in Tanzania, local volunteers for this beach clean-up promoted protecting the environment and supporting the families in the community.
In Cambodia, GPF runs GreenEd, an environmental teaching project that teaches young people the importance of ecological responsibility. A related and ongoing environmental campaign sponsored by GPF Cambodia is the Safe Water Bottle project. The project aims to reduce plastic bottle use and provide primary school students with safe drinking water with reusable water bottles.