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save the rhino on world rhino day

Submitted by turbosprout on Thu, 2011-09-22 12:09.

Today (22 Sept 2011) is World Rhino Day and non-profits, business and individuals have come together to raise greater public awareness of the plight of the rhino and also galvanise the action needed to prevent this majestic beast from extinction due to non-sensical consumer demand and human greed.

Rhino poaching has increased by a staggering amount in the last three years. From 2009 to date around 750 animals have been brutally slaughtered for their horns.

According to the WWF, South Africa has lost 287 rhinos in 2011, including at least 16 critically endangered black rhinos. South Africa is home to most of the worlds rhinos and has increased protection for rhino's by stepping up prosecutions and handing down stricter sentances to criminals.

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add your voice to plan joburg’s future

Submitted by sproutscout on Wed, 2011-09-21 07:25.

“Have you seen a firefly lately?” asked City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Infrastructure and the Environment, Clr Roslynn Greef, as one of her opening statements for the environmental themed week of the City of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy 2040 planning and consultation leg. It was an interesting way to introduce the week and draw attention to issues of environmental quality. Fireflies, as beautiful and magical as they are, are also an indicator of air quality.

Through a series of themed weeks the Joburg City Council is re-examining its policies and getting feedback from citizens and key stakeholders, on all matters from resource sustainability to the environment, to what makes a city liveable. This week (19th-23rd) is environment week, and the following is economic week – we encourage all Joburg Sprouts to make their voices heard. Be a part of the process by exploring the sites, attending the events that you have interest in, and adding


day of 1000 trees

Submitted by incoming on Tue, 2011-09-20 12:18.

pic: Greenpoppic: GreenpopWe're planting 1000 trees on Saturday 24th September for Day of 1000 Trees and we need a few more planting team leaders and assistants - can you help?

If you've planted with us before, are free next Saturday from 7am (sharp) and feel like being part of this epic Heritage Day celebration, please email lauren [at] greenpop.org for all the details. We will be having a meeting for all leaders/assistants on Wednesday 21 Sept at 6pm at the Greenpop office so would be great if you're available for this too.

1000 trees – 1 day – 1 under-greened community

What better way to celebrate Heritage Day and Arbour Month!

Day of 1000 Trees is a Greenpop initiative that will see community members and school learners of Manenberg near Cape Town as well as volunteers coming together to plant 1000 trees in 1 day to celebrate our country’s natural heritage on Heritage day.

With September being Arbour Month, Day of 1000 Trees has already started spurring excitement among the community of Manenberg which will be the beneficiary of

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ideas for finding where to recycle on recycling day

Submitted by turbosprout on Fri, 2011-09-16 11:09.

Today is... recycling day. Actually every day is recycling day (or should be), but perhaps you're not already recycling or want to recycle more. Plastics | SA and the packaging industry initiated an annual Recycling Day for South Africa to raise more awareness about recycling and to get more South Africans recycling.

Our recycling journey started in the late 90's, when you had to drive for miles to find an orange Mondi igloo to recycle your paper. We used to live in Radiokop (near Honeydew) and drove through to the Northriding SPCA a few times a year to donate a mountain of newspaper. Then we lived in the UK for a while and were amazed that all

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march against eskom's conflict of interest, secret deals

Submitted by incoming on Thu, 2011-09-15 14:29.

Earthlife protest 2009: pic by Real DealEarthlife protest 2009: pic by Real Deal

Earthlife Africa Jhb will march on Eskom and BHP Billiton in Johannesburg on Friday 16 September 2011 to protest these companies' continued disregard of the environment and the nation. Of particular concern is Eskom's official status at the UNFCCC as a member of the South African negotiating team.

The march will start at 10am at Westgate Metro Station, stop off at BHP Billiton (10:15 to 10:30am, cnr. Hollard and Marshall) and end at Eskom's office (204 Smit Street, Braamfontein).

Along with Sasol, Eskom is on South Africa's official negotiating team in terms of climate change. Eskom, in other words, will represent South Africa at the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP17) at Durban in December. COP17 is supposed to determine how to reduce global emissions, and the South African government is sending its biggest emitter of greenhouse gases to negotiate emissions cuts. This is a

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reminder: 24 hours of climate reality

Submitted by turbosprout on Tue, 2011-09-13 08:50.

Climate Reality DurbanClimate Reality DurbanThe Climate Reality Project's 24 hour event begins this Wednesday 14 September to "mobilise the world to confront the reality of the climate crisis". The event will span 24 time zones and will be broadcast live over the internet by Ustream, viewed at www.climaterealityproject.org

The event kicks off in Mexico City at 7pm Central Time on Wed 14 (it will be 2am Thurs 15 Sep in South Africa) and will move westwards around the globe ending with a presentation in New York City by former Vice President of the US, Al Gore at 7pm Eastern Time September 15 (1 am Fri 16 in SA).

So most of us will be sound asleep when the event kicks off and again as it closes, but we'll be able to catch all the action in between from the time we wake up on Thursday morning.

Those in Durban will be able to attend the Climate Reality presentation at the Durban Botanical Gardens, and those in Joburg will be able to watch the presentation at the Joburg Green Drinks held at the FTFA Khaya (more details below).

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project 90x2030 youth forum: inspiring behaviour change 101

Submitted by sproutscout on Mon, 2011-09-12 11:12.

Project 90x2030 Youth ForumProject 90x2030 Youth Forum

Toward the end of August the Project 90x2030 youth forum met to present their views on environmentalism to key delegates involved in the COP 17 negotiations and in the realm of sustainability in general. The process funded by the Goedgedacht Forum, and is the beginning of a dialogue between youth and environmental leaders. I was lucky enough to be included in the process that involved story rather than statistics, heart rather than head, and provided room for personal and collective introspection. The journey took an already active and diverse group of young leaders to Grahamstown during the arts festival, the leafy reflection spaces in Observatory, the revolutionary streets of Melville and the roaring spaces of the Johannesburg Zoo.

During this process the youth participants hoped to inspire action among the delegates attending. Most people know about climate change. Most people, however, do not act on this knowledge. Most continue in their daily lives, and treat the outcome as inevitable. So the key question for the youth group was: how to create a message that inspires action rather than complacency, that changes ways of being in the world, instead of merely creating awareness. The Project 90x2030 team that guided us through the process helped us to create a message that inspired action. We hope that the methods that we stumbled upon are the

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trashback rewards community recycling

Submitted by turbosprout on Thu, 2011-09-08 10:41.

TrashBack uphinda-phindo! launch in Imizamo YethuTrashBack uphinda-phindo! launch in Imizamo YethuAn amazing community recycling initiative was quietly launched in Hout Bay this past weekend. It was not done with much fanfare but this innovative social change solution has great potential to transform recycling in communities across SA.

The brainchild of three students connected with UCT's Green Campus Initiative, TrashBack provides an incentive for locals to clean up their communities. The six month pilot project called uphinda-phindo! was started in Imizamo Yethu, an informal settlement in Hout Bay in collaboration with Green Living and the Hout Bay Recycling Co-operative based at the City of Cape Town's Hout Bay Waste Drop-off facility.

On Saturday afternoon an excited group of kids lined up at the recycling drop off point. Some had plastic bags full of plastic junk, others had crates of old beer bottles, they were queuing to register their details and deliver the recyclables that they had collected in their community over the last couple of days. In reward for their recycling efforts they earned points according to the number of crates their trash filled and how much it weighed.

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happy birthday greenpop!

Submitted by turbosprout on Thu, 2011-09-08 08:51.

greenpop one year old this monthgreenpop one year old this monthIt's amazing what can be achieved in a year, just received this in from the Greenpop team:

Dear volunteer - legend - person we love,

Greenpop turned 1 last week on 1 September and we would like to say a gigantic THANK YOU for your support during our first year. We couldn't have done it without you and we're so grateful.

We can't believe it's been 1 year and so much has happened.
In the last 12 months, Greenpop has:

  • planted just over 7000 trees at more than 100 beneficiary locations
  • hosted 2 successful Education Days in collaboration with SANBI and Kirstenbosch for our beneficiary ground staff and teachers
  • started up a grey water system which sees school children watering and caring for their trees
  • had 723 volunteers signing up through our website
  • been chosen as one of the winners of the International
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mining at mapungubwe contrary to spirit of international agreement

Submitted by incoming on Wed, 2011-09-07 10:23.

Abraham Ramonwana, head guide at Tuli Safari Lodge says: “if a mine develops in South Africa, it’s also going to affect Botswana and Zimbabwe”.

The authorisation given to an Australian company called Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) to construct an open-cast and underground coal mine, called the Vele Colliery, just outside of the boundaries of the Mapungubwe National Park will affect this fragile natural harmony. To Abraham, "mining and industry is a short term plan, tourism is a long-term plan."

Like many others, Abraham believes that the Mapungubwe region should be preserved and protected from the impacts of infrastructural development, and allowed to remain pristine for generations to come.

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is managed by South African National Parks (SANParks) and its partners. The Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area is being developed based on the stipulations of a Memorandum of Understanding between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe that was signed on 22 June 2006. These are officially mandated programmes in which the South African government, the province and private sector have invested. With the official opening of the

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