Green Action Week campaign is conducted every year at the end of September and beginning of October in the world with a theme of “sharing community”. The main objective of the campaign is to increase public awareness on Sharing community that is characterized by a spirit of collaborative action that generates social benefits while reducing impacts on the planet. the adaptation of impacts of climate change, the importance of nurturing the indigenous ecological knowledge, concept of sharing community through demonstrating the agroforestry practices to strengthen the cohesiveness among the community and enhance local social responsibilities and establish networking with local collaborators for sustaining project results. Moreover, it is to re-invigorate the important traditions and customs, especially agroforestry practices that have been used by the community, but which have been neglected at this very time due to various reasons.
In Ethiopia, this year, the campaign was held in Bededo Kebele, Tehuledere district, South Wollo Zone, with the motto of “Ensuring Social Responsibilities through Promoting Intergenerational Knowledge transfer and Strengthening Agro-forestry Practices”. and the main objective of the campaign is to revitalize the customs and traditions of the community by promoting and scaling out this culture and knowledge of forest protection to other areas, to deal with climate change, which is the main challenge of the world, to make the community aware of the destruction of forests for agricultural land expansion, to prevent soil erosion and to increase production and productivity, and to reduce and eradicate poverty and hunger in the community. It is an awareness campaign focused on expanding and increasing knowledge in the community.
Elders from Bededo district shared the experience of their local knowledge on agroforestry practices. Following the public discussion, Students of Hottie Secondary School, Yegof environmental club members showed drama and poems about the community conservation system to protect the forests.
The next day participants from GAW campaign marched to Mofa Kidane Mihiret Monastery church to visit the experience and practice of agroforestry.
Lastly, farmers from the Bededo community shared their maize products with low-income families.