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Almost 200 nations have agreed to ‘work out the rules’ over the next 2 years about how countries will report and monitor their national pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions at COP22. Does that mean that in 2018 climate change will finally be tackled at a global level? Developed nations have committed to ‘build towards’ the goal of providing 100 billion dollars per year in climate finance to developing countries by 2020. Yet 48 developing countries most at risk said they would strive for 100% renewable energy ‘as soon as possible.’

This fuzzy language triggers a huge sigh from this green being. If someone’s drowning, are you going to ‘think about’ helping them, or ‘try to’ help them? Or are you going to do something concrete? For at the same time the Arctic Resilience Report is published, compiled by 11 organisations, including the Arctic Council and six universities. And it says that the Arctic is now 20C above normal for this time of the year! Figures are ‘off the charts.’ So the rapid ice melt now risks triggering 19 tipping points, with catastrophic consequences planet wide. ‘Changes in the region could cause uncontrollable climate change at a global level.’ So whilst the warning signals are getting louder, the nations are still arguing about who is going to pay for what and HOW to humanity.

But all is not lost. Across the world people are rising up and taking charge of their little piece of the globe – changing their habits, making new choices, forging friendships and opening gateways to unforeseen collaborations and capacities. This is the largest social movement on the planet. The Great Turning. Over 2 million people are hearing the call to widen their self-interest and act for the sake of life on Earth. Ordinary people are changing their minds, lives and communities towards a more just and sustainable world. We are the people with the moral capacity – and faith in the goodness of Life – to do whatever we can to change the world. Will it help in light of the large scale destruction? We don’t know for sure, however this does not stop us. Uncertainty does not paralyse us, in fact it inspires us even more.

Join the movement. Know that you are not alone. We talk to each other. We share what we know. We share our skills for the greater good. And we love what we’re doing. Nothing is more exciting than creating a beautiful world in your own personal sphere of influence. Each person responds to this call in a unique way. This newsfeed is simply our humble offering. Share your stories, help us reach more people, pass on the news, interrogate your own life – your consumption habits, your allegiance to keeping quiet when things are wrong, your work, your transport. No step of the way is exempted from impact on the climate and hence all of our future here.

Enjoy the read and watch that footprint this festive season. Do a greener holiday. This is fun and creative living.
With love


Elma, Ruben and the rest of the team.

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COP22 climate talks set 2018 deadline to agree rules

Nearly 200 nations agreed around midnight on Friday to work out the rules for a landmark 2015 global deal to tackle climate change within two years in a new sign of international support.

Extreme heatwave coming to Australia this weekend

Severe-to-extreme heatwave conditions are predicted to hit central and southern Queensland and northern New South Wales for three days from Friday, with temperatures forecast to crack 40 degrees Celsius in some parts.

Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable global climate change

Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe.

Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa

Vietnam recently announced that it would be cancelling its contract to buy two nuclear reactors from Rosatom, the Russian nuclear vendor.

Expert reveals why energy plan should have no nuclear

The Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) draft update to the Integrated Resource Plan 2010-2030 (IRP) would not include any new nuclear or any new coal if the annual new-build limits on renewables were lifted.

The largest social movement in history

An unprecedented phenomenon is now happening in this world of ours.

Right to food includes the right to nutrition

In South Africa, all citizens have the right to food. Yet the current approach is to focus on food security, forgetting that security doesn’t necessarily mean nutrition.

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science.”

Solar thermal power plants to save Egypt billions by 2050

Solar energy expert Hany El-Nokrashy speaks about his five-year plan to attract foreign investment and the establishment of solar power plants in the coming period.

New water purification system could help slake the world’s thirst

Researchers have come up with a solar-powered technique that could make small-scale desalination systems affordable.

South Africa slows nuclear power expansion plans

South Africa’s government has slowed its nuclear power expansion plans, according to a draft energy paper, although state energy utility Eskom said the country should stick to its original plan of bringing a new plant online by 2025.

Partners for the future of sustainable plastic packaging in SA

Buying products with recycled content and continuing to reduce, reuse and recycle is integral to the end-of-life solution for any product.

There is something extraordinary happening in the world

Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.

The Hip Hop Caucus is giving voice to the environment this election

According to Hip Hop Caucus CEO Reverend Lennox Yearwood, jobs and family don’t matter if you can’t drink the water or breathe the air.

Jane’s Traffic Stop: the fight to end illegal wildlife trafficking

Greed and the desire for increasingly rare “trophies” have resulted in a boom in illegal wildlife trafficking. This is a gruesome trade that is rapidly pushing the earth’s endangered species toward extinction.

New sustainable architecture awards promote regeneration, reconciliation and restoration

Seven Awards and four Commended projects were announced in the 2015/2016 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation at the gala event in Cape Town.

Call for proposals – Solid waste innovation

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Three councils ‘drought disasters’ in Western Cape

A state of disaster has been declared in three Western Cape municipalities as South Africa continues to battle its worst drought since 1992.

Nuclear energy crowding out adaptation responses

Nuclear energy is a false solution to climate change in more ways than one.

Let’s lock in climate progress

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Future path towards sustainable cooking in the global south

As the costs of Renewable Energy technologies continue to decline, cleaner and more modern technologies represent an entirely new pathway towards sustainable cooking in developing countries.

City of Cape Town smokes out emissions culprits

Nearly 8,000 diesel vehicles were tested for dark smoke emissions in a 12-month period, with 68 failures and fines issued totalling just under R30,000, the City of Cape Town said on Saturday.

No end in sight for Joburg’s storm of the century

The South African weather services has warned that extreme weather conditions – which have led to heavy rain, strong winds, thunderstorms and flash floods – is likely to continue on Friday.

The Paris climate agreement is now official

The significance of the Paris agreement coming into force today is easy to miss: it may seem like an anti-climax, given the travails that led up to its signing last December.

WESSA hosts international environmental education event in SA

The three day event saw 85 delegates from over 50 countries around the world come together for an exchange of knowledge and best practices around environmental education at school level.

Diving freedom for disabled divers

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Chronic disease remains chronic with drugs

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SA university graduate leads the pack at Green Talents Awards

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