Climate change comedian Mark Sampson and his family are the first people to cross the continent without using fossil fuels.The Sampson family has driven clockwise from Cape Town up the West Coast of Africa in their Big Green Truck which runs on recycled waste vegetable oil and solar power to draw attention to the effects of climate change across the continent. They have taken 3 years to trek 30000km through 32 countries so far, breaking down 18 times. The Sampsons are now on the homeward bound leg of their trip – back down the East Coast to South Africa!


The Africa Clockwise trek is endorsed by the South African Dept of Arts and Culture, and stand-up comedian Mark Sampson shares his sustainability message along the way. He has performed motivational talks at conferences and educational institutions across the continent while his wife Sam Pearce homeschools their children and blogs about their adventures en route. Their children Ruby and Zola divide their time between schooling and surfing. “We have come to realise that this journey is no longer a break from our normal lives but our life itself. The lessons Africa is teaching us about how to combat environmental challenges and the modern curse of stress are vital to us and our kids” says Sampson.


The Big Green Truck arrived in Addis in April 2018 and Sampson was invited to perform at the International Community School. He inspired the kids with stories, pictures and videos of their experiences and challenged them to come up with affordable African solutions to the global problems of waste and pollution. They were invited to take a tour of the truck afterwards! ICS Science department teaching assitant said “Thanks for bringing such a great speaker with such a fantastic message”. Sampson also addressed students of the Youth Negotiation on Climate Change Convention group at Addis University.


Thanks to generous donations of waste vegetable oil from the kitchens of the Marriott Executive Apartments, the Hilton and the Sheraton, the Big Green Truck left Addis with enough fuel to make it to Nairobi.


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