Travelling green on this earth requires investigating with a magnifying glass not only the energy and water you consume and the waste you generate – and how to ensure that remains in the loop – but what you purchase. I always say you vote with your purse. In business we talk about green procurement. If you run a green business, let your procurement needs to be met from sources with the highest ethical and environmental consciousness too.
The dissonance battle
Of course there are so many cases of dissonance in the greening of the world. It’s one of the battles we confront daily. Like all those who provide renewable energy, water saving devices, recycling services, eco consulting, etc. but then spend big money advertising in regular, careless newspapers instead of supporting the green media. How obvious is this disconnect. If they enjoy a green image and use it to their own benefit, why don’t they have proper procurement principles in place? Meantime they could be helping us spread the news that matters to our civilisation.
In our lives we are all procurers of goods and services. I so often hear people say it’s impossible to find this and that in a harmless or beneficial format. Not so. I think it’s fun to dig around and find green comrades in all spheres of our world, offering services with a conscience. I see it as a game, indeed an upgrade of the game of life. How to ensure your existence actually benefits this planet, and helps to ensure a future for your children?
Some years ago we naturally looked for a green server to host our news platform. And found them around the corner.
Martin Gluckman, who grew up in Muizenberg, started Kalk Bay Interactive some 16 years ago in the picturesque village to provide world class web hosting services with a social and ethical vision to use the Internet as a tool for global transformation.
They began hosting sites for small businesses, community projects, musicians and NGO's mostly from Cape Town and the surrounding areas. A strong emphasis was put on sponsoring and aiding causes. Get more details about those on their website.
What makes them ethical?
They will not host any sites that supports any harm to the planet, animals or human beings. If you produce any product that has a negative impact on the environment or human health, or gambling, you are not welcome there.
In Kalk Bay’s simple screening process they ask one question: Does this site or project help or heal the world or does it harm or hurt the world?
Actually, if we all asked this simple question in our everyday life with all our activities people would move faster towards a better world. It is their vision that the Internet can be used to raise world awareness, world peace and happiness for all!
What makes them green?
Since 1 January 2008 their server network is running on 100% sustainably produced electricity from renewable sources. They are committed to caring for our Mother planet and providing a service that does no harm to Mother nature. By hosting on renewable energy their sites do no harm to the environment and atmosphere.
They are committed to ethical and sustainable practices in every aspect of their work and encourage organic farming, recycling and renewable energy. A number of web sites they have developed over the past years have been designed and programmed on 100% renewable energy.
And so we are blessed to enjoy the peace of mind for our generation and the next that the Green Times is running on a 100% green powered server. As of 2011 they are certified carbon neutral.
Green banking comes on board
We are also very happy to announce that South Africa’s green bank, Nedbank, has again proven their commitment to the cause by partnering with us. Thank you. Without their support over the years we could not have kept going. We continue to enjoy an escalation of impact across the English speaking world thanks to YOU our readers, brave enough to embrace the latest news and share it with your circle of influence.
This is a communal effort. We are each in our own way crafting a new world. In spite of dire facts and events, let us never give up. Crises bring out the best in humans, and so we experience the unfolding of a transformation of spirit.
Elma and Ruben
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