Too many good things have been happening such that I have to write 2 posts following each other. I have been talking about the Gigatonne challenge since December 2021, which is a challenge I believe will build our local
capacity to change things economically as a community
. The problem has been to even take part in this challenge, we didn't have the capacity, which is why it has taken long for us to complete the first two levels of abating 11 tonnes of carbon
emissions within 1 and a half months but I do not think we have any option but to build our potential. We have been building our capability, in terms of skills, connections, resources and encouraging the team members to keep going, we started off struggling to reduce one tonne of carbon emissions, but we have built our team to a level where we almost reduced 10 tonnes of carbon emissions in one month. I was so lucky because every time I needed resources opportunities beyond my control would come. One time someone from this thread
sent money he wished to help in greening the earth and some came from what I got from my mother's estate, and when I got stuck my sister sent money towards the challenge. This got us to almost successfully completing the training levels, which we have to self fund.
The last time I went back to my team telling them we have to redo the last training level their hearts sank. Mainly because for most of them (including me), they had reached the last limit their resources could allow them to invest in this challenge including time. So I set out to write a proposal to source some funds. I sent the proposal to one guy who is in the regenerative group in Zimbabwe to help me with how to write a proposal and he went quiet for almost a month. He responded just last week which was a relief and he sent a sample of a proposal and I have just finished and sent a revised one back to him.
I so hope this works, if it does, it means increased stability because I will not be running an isolated regenerative project at the plot. A whole team being nurtured with similar principles will be existing in my community and I will be a part of them, we can be a support group for each other. I have added images of our local Gigatonne challenge's efforts in the past year, seperating organic waste from the local market's waste, collecting it and burying/composting it at a spot we got at our local dumpsite. This compost
can be used to start gardens, if we continue to build our networks with organisations that own large pieces of land
. We can them start community gardens. This has to work, but again if it doesn't it's how it's supposed to be I guess, I will know we tried.