Palabora runs an environmental education programme with schools in the Ba-Phalaborwa area to raise awareness for environmental and sustainable development issues, as highlighted by the International Environmental Calendar.
Local schools participate by attending special events on the calendar (coordinated by Palabora staff), such as Arbor Day, Heritage Day and Birding Day. During Water and Wetland Week, for instance, learners participate by cleaning and monitoring water lands and discovering eco-systems inside and around wetlands. They are also encouraged to identify ways and means of mitigating the impact of human activities that could destroy the environment; and compile reports around various themes, including: resource use, local and global issues, nature and biodiversity, healthy living and, community and heritage.
With more than 20 local schools participating annually, this long-standing programme strives to instil an ethos of caring and personal accountability in as wide a base possible of local young people.