Greening Kuwadzana Project to host second annual 'Dance for Climate Action' on 20 July


HARARE — On the 20th of July 2024, the Greening Kuwadzana Project will be hosting the second Edition of the Dance for Climate Action event. 

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Dance for Climate Action is an annual event which uses dance to disseminate messages of climate change, environmental justice and community responsibilities towards the protection of their environment. 

The event was conceived out of the need to reach a wider audience, particularly young people, to raise awareness on environmental justice and to foster a sense of responsibility towards environmental protection among people living in low income high density suburbs. 

It was also out of the realisation that dance is one of the most effective non-verbal communication skill that can bring people from different backgrounds and ages together.

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Scenes from the First edition of Dance for Climate Action

Dance for Climate Action editions come with different themes. The 1st edition's theme was 'Plant a Tree, Save a Life'. The 2nd Edition's theme is 'Dancing Towards a Plastic Free Future'. For this year's edition; the Forestry Commission and ActionAid will also be participating in the festivities. 

To add to the edutainment, there shall also be cash prizes for the best performing dancers as follows — 1st Prize US$50, 2nd Prize US$30, 3rd Prize US$20. 

The Greening Kuwadzana Project is an initiative that was kickstarted in 2020 by Kuwadzana Press, in partnership with City of Harare Kuwadzana District, Duri Green Finger Nursery, and Let’s Green the Future Trust. The project is fighting to plant at least 5000 trees in the Kuwadzana high-density suburb of Harare between 2020 and 2025. 

"The purpose is to remove as many pollutants as possible in the air that we breathe, to beautify our community with the aesthetic value of trees, to increase access to green spaces just like what SDG 11 target 7 is aiming for, and to reduce income related health inequalities. 

"Think of the Greening Kuwadzana Project as a movement that seeks to enhance the right to a sustainable and healthy environment for the people living in low income high density suburbs such as Kuwadzana", said Tafadzwa Gwini, the team leader of the project.

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