About the United Nations Decade
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.
In Africa, it can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. However, it will only succeed if everyone plays a part. Walk4Africa.org is playing its part through the Africa Coastal Odyssey.
And, if you’re a journalism, film, or visual communications student, you are welcome to join us on this storytelling Odyssey as a fully hosted team member.
Even if you are not a student, you can still play a part by sponsoring a student or by making a donation (scroll down this page for the link).
About the Africa Coastal Odyssey
The aim of the Africa Coastal Odyssey is to recce the Walk4Africa walkathon routes while supporting the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration by uncovering stories on the topic along the coastlines of Africa.
Kicking off mid-March 2021, the Odyssey will walk the Western/Northern Cape coastline of South Africa from the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse to the Namibia border, a distance of 1,142 km (710 miles).
In mid-May 2021, the Odyssey will continue along the 1,570 km (976 mi) Namibia coastline to reach the Angola border by the first week of September. For more info, click on the buttons below.
And so the Odyssey will continue along the Angola coastline in 2022, covering all 40 countries over a period of ten years to end back at the southern tip of Africa in 2030.SOUTH AFRICA ODDYSSEY NAMIBIA ODDYSSEY
About the Odyssey Journalism
Journalism, film and visual communications students enrolled at partner universities and education institutions in each of the 40 host countries will be fully hosted to gain practical storytelling/reporting skills and experience.
While walking the coastline, they will interview rural communities, conservation NGOs, and marine-related academics to report on these environmental stories.
Typical story angles will include:
- Examining the complex relationships that coastal communities have with nature
- Impacts of climate change, environmental degradation, plastic pollution, and marine resource extraction on local communities
- Ecosystem restoration projects and their current impact
- Local heroes and how they are helping to protect the natural world.