The Umthombo Enviro Club at Umthombo Secondary School in Mpophomeni meets on a regular basis in one of the school’s classrooms. At their last meeting, the image of our planet Earth appeared on one of the cream-painted classroom walls courtesy of a projector linked to a laptop. The Google Earth image to be precise. The globe tilted and after a vertigo moment, you plunged down towards the planet suddenly to find yourself hovering above Mpophomeni.
“That is your township as an eagle would see it if it flew over,” said Louine Boothway of the Eco Schools Programme, an international project active in 51 countries, who facilitates the club meetings.