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cape town to celebrate world wetlands day

Submitted by Green Lily on Sat, 2012-01-28 05:06.

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the City of Cape Town will be hosting various wetland education programmes as part of its Youth Environmental School (YES) programme during the months of January and February 2012.

World Wetlands Day is held every year on 2 February and marks the signing of the International Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention) on 2 February 1971. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and since then, events and activities are held world-wide in February each year to raise awareness of wetland values and benefits. Ramsar is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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young local activist wins nkosi award

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Fri, 2012-01-27 13:25.

Chaeli Mycroft recently received the 2011 International Children's Peace Prize for her extensive charity work in South Africa.

Chaeli with Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire and her Nkosi awardChaeli with Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire and her Nkosi award

Wheelchair-bound Chaeli Mycroft travelled to the Netherlands last November to receive this prestigious award from the KidsRights Foundation , a sign of true recognition for the work she does with disabled children through her organisation The Chaeli Campaign.

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How to save the world: One Man, One Cow, One Planet

Submitted by JimmySprout on Tue, 2012-01-24 18:25.

One Man, One CowOne Man, One Cow

Icologie invites you to the screening of the documovie "One Man, One Cow, One Planet".

The documentary focuses on the extraordinary work of one man on a mission... to re-introduce organic farming methods to India…
Why? Because every year approximately 150,000 Indian farmers commit suicide as a result of their farm lands having been destroyed through the use of chemical fertiliser and pesticides.

This is a crucial film on Biodynamics, that is how Natural Farming methods can improve yields, health and life!

The film is showing at The Hub in Woodstock. The film will be starting at about 6:45pm, so please come around 6pm to eat, drink and network!

For more information on the film, please go to: One Man, One Cow

Cost: Free


first bus company in SA to achieve carbon neutral status

Submitted by Green Lily on Tue, 2011-12-20 15:32.

It's green for go! City Sightseeing Cape Town, the company that operates the unmistakable and well-known red double decker open-top buses has become the first bus company in South Africa to be certified carbon neutral.

Being passionate about sustainable and responsible tourism, City Sightseeing continuously strive towards greener, more environmentally friendly practices and operate a fleet of continually upgraded, super-low emission buses that comply with all Euro standards for environmental impact. In fact, City Sightseeing's buses have consistently complied with Euro standards since 2006.


plant a tree and make a difference

Submitted by Green Lily on Wed, 2011-12-14 14:31.

With COP17 and news stories of climate change bearing down on us, some of us may be feeling a little helpless of late. Some may be feeling as though they single-handedly want to solve the climate crisis. In this instance, it may be wise to remember the maxim: many hands make light work. One way in which we can all contribute to mitigating climate change and slowing biodiversity loss is by joining or establishing social groups to plant trees and other plants.

Some reports pin the average tree as absorbing 1 ton of carbon over it's 100 year lifespan, with most of that carbon being sequestered between the ages of 20 and 50 years. Planting now is essentially an investment in some serious carbon sequestration between 2030 and 2050 - and we are sure to be needing it even more desperately by then.

Co-benefits


cycling, walking, best for health and climate justice

Submitted by incoming on Tue, 2011-12-13 10:12.

pedestrians make use of the new paths in Durban: pic by Luke Reidpedestrians make use of the new paths in Durban: pic by Luke ReidRapid transit and safe cycling/walking networks are good for both health and climate - and climate experts should consider more systematically how these strategies can reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector, one of the world's major contributors to climate change, says a new WHO report.

The new report, Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation - Transport sector was released 6 December, 2011 during the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-17).

The report reviewed over 300 studies on health outcomes from different types of land transport systems to identify those mitigation measures most closely associated with specific health co-benefits or risks.

The review is the latest product of


interactive climate change centre to be built at v&a waterfront

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Mon, 2011-12-12 13:24.

Imagine there was a place you could go to learn about Climate Change in a fun, interactive way?

The International Polar Foundation is bringing these kind of science centres to the world and South Africa gets to accommodate the first one!!

A small taste of what is to beA small taste of what is to be

(image by Grant Mcpherson)

For young and old, businesses and families, this science society interface will function to provide all the information and knowledge to empower a more ecologically responsible future.

With the recent discoveries on humankind’s specific


climate-smart agriculture should be livelihood-smart too

Submitted by incoming on Fri, 2011-12-09 10:27.

Climate-smart agriculture must target the short-term needs of the smallholder farmer to be effective in combating climate change.

Encouraging climate-smart agriculture can lead to climate change adaptation practices in a partnership where the farmer’s needs are addressed.

“Climate-smart agriculture has the potential to increase sustainable productivity, increase the resilience of farming systems to climate impacts and mitigate climate change through greenhouse gas emission reductions and carbon sequestration,” says Henry Neufeldt the lead expert on climate change at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Agroforestry and its benefits

Agroforestry – the growing of trees on farms – is one such climate-smart agricultural practice, and it has tremendous potential for both

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great day for UP!

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Thu, 2011-12-08 10:45.

The UPliftment programme is a local organisation committed to uplifting and supporting society by sharing the healing power of joy.

A child benefits from playA child benefits from play

Through their work, The UP encourages people’s natural inclination towards kindness and love. Their aim is to inspire the growth of laughter, smiles and play in the world.

‘Bliss is the gift you receive when you share joy with another,’ believes Nicola Jackman, founder and chairlady (AKA ‘cheer lady’) of The UP. Self-proclaimed ‘joy activist’ this lovely lady is all about bringing back the smile, in a big way.

‘I like to greet people as I pass them, as nothing beats the feeling of seeing someone eyes light up,’ says Nicola.

For years The UP have been

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cape town’s plan for energy and climate change launched

Submitted by incoming on Thu, 2011-12-08 10:15.

climate smart cape townclimate smart cape townThe award-winning Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion at COP17 in Durban was the venue for the launch of ‘Moving Mountains, Cape Town’s Action Plan for Energy and Climate Change’.

The City of Cape Town’s Energy and Climate Action Plan has 11 objectives, with targets and detailed implementation plans involving over 40 programmes and more than 120 projects. The Action Plan is managed and coordinated by the City’s Environmental Resource Management Department, across all Directorates and Departments.

Speaking at the launch on Friday 2 December 2011, Councillor Gareth Bloor, Chair of the City’s Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning Portfolio Committee stated that the City of Cape Town acknowledges climate change as one of the greatest challenges of our generation and seeks to use it as an opportunity to build

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