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July 2017

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Drought is the new normal, says Mayor De Lille

Despite the recent rains, we are still in a drought, explains Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille.

Proper nutrition essential in preventing AIDS says Nobel scientist

French virologist Dr Luc Montagnier has made some startling statements regarding the role of antioxidants and nutrition in HIV.

Green Times rocks 20th place on planet

Green Times was honoured with the 20th place in the top 100 environmental blogs on the planet by Feedspot. We are super chuffed.

Time to save our seeds from corporate control

We urgently need to protect and preserve our food and seed sovereignty. We need to we make our voices heard, in order to retain the right to our food, and the quality and control of our seed.

The denim industry’s dirty little secret

Pollution from the world’s largest denim companies like Wrangler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein is contributing to the terrible air quality that’s killing 4,400 people every single day in China, SumOfUs reports.

50 000 litres of sewage flow into SA’s rivers every second

South Africa’s municipal sewage system has largely collapsed. Of the 824 treatment plants, maybe only 60 release clean water.

Moment of truth for Elon Musk as Model 3 hits the market

It will be more than just another car launch. If Mr Musk is right, the Model 3 will become the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, transforming the automotive industry forever.

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

This community art project was made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.

Climate change is killing us right now

The most obvious effect of global warming is not a doomsday scenario. Extreme heat is happening today, and wreaking havoc on vulnerable bodies.

Cape Town heeds the fossil fuel divestment call

Mayor Patricia De Lille has announced the city’s commitment to divest from fossil fuel assets in favour of more sustainable investments, joining cities around the world.

How green is your restaurant?

Do you know what the footprint is of the restaurant you support?


Fracking in the Karoo: a disaster in the making

Fracking would bring only bring about 2 700 jobs, while putting an end to the ecologically friendly farming jobs currently employing about 100 000 people.

Collaboration to create jobs and support SA waste collectors

Earlier this month, a helping hand was extended to local waste collectors in Johannesburg and Somerset West.

Cape Town adopts “precautionary approach” to underground water tunnels

The City of Cape Town has responded to a video about the city’s illusive underground tunnels in which almost 7 billion litres of water appears to run through the tunnels and out into the sea.

Help Project Sunshine bring light to the children of Diepsloot

Diepsloot is a densely populated neighbourhood situated in the north of Johannesburg, South Africa.

What does Greenpeace’s tuna triumph mean for our oceans?

It took two years of relentless campaigning and nearly 700,000 concerned people from around the world, but Greenpeace have finally convinced the world’s largest tuna company to clean up its act!

Why are our sea turtles getting smaller?

Sea turtles in South Africa are getting smaller – and scientists are trying to find out why, and how this will affect future populations.

A ranger’s view on the rhino poaching epidemic

Rangers working in the Kruger National Park (KNP) refer to it as ‘the beast’. With temperatures that sore to a blistering 50°C, working in the field is not for the faint-hearted.

Clean-up and Recycle SA celebrates 21 years of beach guardianship

Clean-up and Recycle SA Week will take place this year from 11 – 17 September, with various clean-ups being planned around the country.

Resistance is fertile! Farmers rise up against SA’s corporate seed laws

Calls to decolonise our seed system at Gauteng public hearings on the Plant Improvement and Plant Breeders’ Rights Bills.

Sign the declaration of interdependence

The Declaration of Interdependence expresses our values as an organization. It was written for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Becoming a Change Maker

Finding your niche as a change maker can be challenging. Start this process by getting clear about your strengths, passions and skills.

Sharing people-driven films to inspire change

Green Renaissance are a passionate collective on a journey to share positive stories about people inspired by nature.

Ireland set to ban onshore fracking after Bill passes in Seanad

The passing of a Bill to ban onshore fracking means the State joins just a handful of countries globally which prohibit extraction of natural gas from areas rich in shale gas.

Gretchen Daily honoured with Blue Planet Prize for tireless eco work

Stanford biologist Gretchen Daily was honored with the 2017 Blue Planet Prize, a roughly $450,000 award widely considered the Nobel Prize for science that contributes to solving global environmental problems.

Awarding SA’s PET recycling champions

The extraordinary contributions to PET recycling in South Africa during the course of 2016 by 10 individuals and companies were celebrated at an awards ceremony earlier in Joburg earlier this month.
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