Jeunesse Park is a visionary ecopreneur and achiever.
She is the founder of Food & Trees for Africa, the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Hero Awards. She is a Climate Leader for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and winner of several awards.
Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is the only national social enterprise in South Africa to address sustainable development through climate change response, greening and food security programmes since 1990. FTFA has distributed 4.2 million trees, facilitated the development of thousands of natural food gardens, developed several bamboo plantations and more recently, organic farms, for disadvantaged communities, through programmes Jeunesse initiated.
Jeunesse lobbied for the inclusion of urban forestry, urban agriculture and Permaculture in South African government policy and contributed to the urban forestry policy. She envisioned and enabled the first online South African carbon calculator and mobi calculator.
Jeunesse lives and works with an understanding that one can change the world.
Awards: In 1999, Jeunesse was acknowledged for her efforts in environmental conservation through the Mail and Guardian Green Trust Award for Established Environmentalists of South Africa. She has since won the Mail and Guardian Chairman’s Award for Excellence, the International Chevron Conservation Award, the Nelson Mandela Forestry Award and in 2007 the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Award for Climate Change. In 2008 Jeunesse won the Caroline French Morton Arbor Foundation Award.
Jeunesse is an advisory editor for the publication Simply Green, has been Ambassador for I am Changing the World and for Audi SA. She has been an adjudicator for EduPlant, South African Breweries Environmental Awards, the Johnny Walker Strides and Real Simple awards. She has featured in many publications, including the Book of South African Women.