Budding young conservation leaders enjoyed their first hike in a long time, connecting with each other and with nature.
Enjoying their first hike of the year this year at Suikerbossie, our future conservation leaders were thrilled to reconnect with each other and with nature.
Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) aims to help preserve Cape Town’s unique and biodiverse natural heritage through education, training and conservation initiatives.
Being the first hike in a long time, CTEET’s Programme Coordinator, Justine Swartz, says it was clear how being at home (and having limited time being out and about) affected the group. This led to a very informative and in-depth discussion about fitness and the benefits of being consistent.
“We also chatted about soil erosion and fire breaks. The group noticed that the lack of vegetation left many areas loose and bare, causing erosion and making the hike more challenging. We all had to be a lot more careful and aware of unstable rocks. Chatting about the houses built on the mountain slopes, the learners also noted the fire breaks and discussed the dangers of fire outbreaks, especially in the hotter seasons”.
The Conservation Leadership Programme identifies youth with a passion for the environment, nurturing its members over the final seven years of their school lives. One of many impactful programmes, CTEET is focused on developing eco-champions with options for a career in the Green Economy.