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This week the green news wave can take you to beautiful heights – like the power of walking barefoot on this earth. Something we have always known, but now it is proven!  Allow Alice to inspire you to reconnect with the earth and defuse those harmful electromagnetic charges. Leave your shoes at the door and earth yourself around electronic equipment. It works.

Our marine treasures are finally going to be recognised and protected as Dr. Sylvia Earle leads the Mission Blue expedition to launch the first 5 Hope Spots off our coast later this year. And hand-woven dew collectors are set to assist with the African water crisis. Creative, pro-active people are escalating their efforts to respond to the plea of the earth – and that of mankind.

But then you can be dumped by the news that the increasing CO2 in the atmosphere can reduce the nutrients in our food by 10%. We are talking about grains and other plants, posing even more serious threats to our food security, especially for those people already short in nutrients. This goes for a large part of Africa.

Just when we think we have a handle on the melting Antarctica, we learn that the up to now stable East Antarctica, could begin an irreversible slide into the sea this century. The potential for its resulting rise in sea levels is so immense that people find it hard to believe. Read and see where you go.

It is often in the dumps that we wake up to reality. It is so easy to slumber in a reasonably comfortable life and believe that what worked up to now must surely work going forward. Sadly not, however we carry the potential for a total transformation in our genes. Nothing short of a universal shift impacting every aspect of our life and work will suffice. Every home needs to become a green home, every business a green business, every church, every school, every municipality. Once you set that intention, the path opens up. Green tweaks become a new game. Every day a new opportunity to make a difference.

What have you done? What have others done? How can we learn from each other? Do you need support, then shout. Thank you for reading and sharing.
Elma
PS I am available to do Climate Change presentations. If you can drive awareness in your circle of influence, let's talk.

 

Earthing: A surprise gift from Mother Earth


earthing...Poised between Earth Day and Mothers Day, my heart is full of gratitude to the Earth, the ultimate Mother. There is no end to the blessings we receive from our precious blue-green home. Perfectly positioned in Space, our Goldilocks planet is neither too hot nor too cold, but just right for the three phases of […]
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Companies join forces for renewable and energy efficiencies


Akhani and Energy Cybernetics joined forces to identify renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa: (L-R) Deon Fuhri – Akhani Group COO, Fulu Mphuthi – Akhani Group CEO, Gustav Radloff – Energy Cybernetics MD, Ntaoleng Kunene – Akhani Group CIO, Frikkie Malan – Energy Cybernetics Operations.Local infrastructure experts and energy management services are joining forces to identify renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Akhani Group, a B-BBEE level 1 company, provides turnkey solutions of support infrastructure for the mining, oil, gas, energy sector and related industries and is based in South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania. The Group […]
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US Federal Communications Commission set to kill net neutrality


Keep the internet safeIs the protection of the internet from corporate domination important to you? Last week the news broke in the US that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a new decision to end net neutrality. Here is the story by watchdog.net on the recent decisions by the FCC – the US regulator of interstate and international […]
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The emergent patterns of climate change


Gavin Schmidt - Climate ScientistWe live in a very complex environment: we see complexity and dynamism and patterns of evidence in satellite photographs, and videos. You can even see it outside your window. It’s endlessly complex, but somehow familiar. The patterns kind of repeat, but they never repeat exactly. It’s a huge challenge to understand. The patterns that you […]
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Finding the real Africa


africa rainbow continentIn 2005, Binyavanga Wainaina published a brilliantly sarcastic essay in Granta called “How to Write About Africa,” advising people on how to sound spiritual and compassionate while writing a book about the continent.
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CO2 could reduce nutrients in major food crops by 10%


nutrients CO2 major cropsRising levels of CO2 around the world will significantly impact the nutrient content of crops according to a new study. Experiments show levels of zinc, iron and protein are likely to be reduced by up to 10%, which could have health implications for billions of people, especially in the developing world.
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First 5 International Hope Spots coming to SA


Dr Sylvia EarleDr Sylvia Earle will lead a Mission Blue Expedition to South Africa to launch the country’s first five Hope Spots in December 2014. Sustainable Seas Trust and BirdLife South Africa are organizing the tour, in concert with a number of supporting organizations with a view to igniting public support for marine conservation. Dr Sylvia Earle, […]
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Handwoven dew collecting tower aims to ease Africa’s water crisis


Design firm Architecture & Vision created dew collecting WarkaWater TowersThere are many places around the world where finding clean drinking water is a time-consuming and even dangerous daily task, with women and children walking for miles at a stretch to bring back what they can find – and often, it’s water that’s been contaminated by human and animal waste. Helping local people gain access […]
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Our lonely home in nature


Andrea TsunamiThe tornadoes that have been devastating parts of the South and Midwest USA, just weeks after a deadly mudslide in Washington, demonstrate once again the unimaginable power of nature.
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Antarctic melt could cause global coastal destruction


East Antarctica meltParts of the vast ice sheet of East Antarctica – which collectively holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 53 metres – could begin an irreversible slide into the sea this century, causing an unstoppable process of global coastal destruction, scientists have warned.
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Ensure your e-waste is responsibly recycled


eWASA collection day -2Following on the growing success of previous e-waste collection days, eWASA and its members are gearing up to host the second e-waste collection day for 2014 on Saturday 10 May (09:00 to 13:00).
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