Working together is crucial to our future. Today I offer my introduction to the voice of Robert Zipplies, who has been working hard for a year at the University of Cape Town to make a fossil fuel South Africa a reality:
The danger of climate change is accelerating. But fossil fuel companies are still hell-bent on burning five times as much oil, gas and coal as the Earth can safely absorb. Meanwhile, governments are failing to meet their own targets for cutting emissions.
How do we ordinary people of the world secure our human rights and our future when faced with such danger? A fast-growing international movement says the answer is by going after what the fossil fuel companies care about the most – their profits.
Fossil Free South Africa is asking universities and investors of all stripes to withdraw investments in fossil fuels and redirect it towards the clean energy revolution. It’s just the right thing to do.
Fossil Free SA is now fundraising to scale up nationwide. Join them at their launch on 12 November from 17.30 to 16.00 at the Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Cape Town and listen to keynote speakers Rev. Mpho Tutu and Anton Cartwright.
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“The focus of waste management in South Africa is changing. No longer is the emphasis on the disposal of waste, but rather on avoiding its generation and minimizing and recycling the waste stream wherever possible.”
There are those who would only adjust their life and business if they are forced by a law. Then there are the pioneers who understand the link between the health of the planet and their own personal bliss and success.
No less than 280 000 ton of plastic was recycled and diverted from landfill last year. That is 20 % of all plastics manufactured in South Africa. Results were released during Clean-Up and Recycle SA week.
Sometimes, the desire to simply abstain from watching the news is overwhelming. Sometimes, it seems as though every aspect of modern society is drowning in a mire of hopeless negativity, proven by one more act of atrocious violence.
In a small army field-hut Dr Arjen de Vos shows off his irrigation machine with pride. Pipes lead out to several acres of muddy field, where only a few stragglers from the autumn harvest of potatoes, salads, carrots and onions are left.
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant.