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Dear <<First Name>>

Welkom aan al ons nuwe RSG intekenaars! Dit is heerlik om ook soms op Afrikaans te klets.

My converted pool seems to have been a hit this month as a nifty response to  stage 3 water restrictions in the Cape. I spoke on the radio about it, and long conversations have been had. All is of course a work in progress and this is already a journey of 3 years. I am certainly happy that I can go away and my veggie seedlings remain watered.

I also carry buckets full of this nutritious water to my fruit and nut trees. A live ecosystem has become the middle point of my emerging food forest. Little paradise fish add nutrients to feed the plants, whilst they eat the algae and keep the pool clean. Plant roots filter the water.

It is a long story which I will tell in full during the coming month. I think it’s fun to turn your response to environmental crises into creative games. There’s always another plan to be made – innovative living outside the old box keeps life interesting.

Share your solutions with us?

We have learned so much the past month about women’s breast health. I hope to see some of you at our natural breast care events in Somerset West and Cape Town. Contact me for details if you don’t have them. Follow the Hummingbird Centre on Facebook and of course the Green Times too!

Happy reading
With love


The green team

PS. Remember to check out exciting upcoming events on our calendar.

World’s largest marine park created in Antarctica

A landmark international agreement to create the world’s largest marine park in the Southern Ocean has been brokered in Australia, after five years of compromises and failed negotiations.

Women entrepreneurs scoop top honours at energy efficiency awards

Women entrepreneurs in the clean energy sector walked away with top honours at a recent government startup awards ceremony held earlier this month.

Applications open for the 2017 Postgraduate Fellowship Awards

The GreenMatter Fellowship is designed to connect a community of outstanding champions, leaders and advocates who contribute positively towards managing and maintaining our country’s biodiversity.

A call to consume consciously this World Food Day

Hunger is undeniably an intensely personal and political issue. Hunger has laid waste to human civilizations from the dawn of time. It has driven conquest and war. It has birthed revolutions.

Storytelling workshop coming to Rosebank next week

Stories are a powerful way to share knowledge, change behaviour and inspire communities.

Win a floating edible island and fight the drought

Water shortage? How to use what you have and thrive. List as many benefits as possible to this home-made system and stand a chance to win one floating island, worth R1200.

Ecopreneurs for the climate gather for Green Business Week

Cape Town green business speak up on Friday at the Ecopreneurs for the Climate 2016(ECO4CLIM16) event at the Artscape.

Four eco labels unite in a global first for SA

How labelwise are you when you shop? Do you know how the products and services that you are supporting came into being?

What happens to your waste after you throw it away?

Ever wonder what actually happens to your waste after you throw it in the rubbish bin?

We must stand up to regressive energy plans

Near the Eastern border of Germany is the little village of Proschim. This community is a shining example of what is possible in terms of smart, progressive energy provision.

The Great Barrier Reef is dead at 25 million years old

The Great Barrier Reef has been declared dead by scientists at 25 million years old — bringing an end to the colorful life of the world’s largest single structure of living organisms.

Scientists accidentally discover efficient process to turn CO2 into ethanol

If scientists can figure out how to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel – and do it at an industrial scale – it would, quite literally, change the world.

New water restrictions proposed for Cape Town

It is going to be a long, dry summer for Capetonians and holidaymakers in the city this festive season.

Oceans facts and futures: valuing South Africa’s ocean economy

Conservation of marine ecosystems is the foundation of ensuring that our oceans are able to produce goods and services which we rely on.

Collect your breadtags to purchase a wheelchair

Did you know that collecting your breadtags can contribute towards the purchase of wheelchairs for needy people?

Why mammography screening has been abolished in Switzerland

In 2013, the Swiss Medical Board, an independent health technology assessment initiative, was requested to prepare a review of mammography screening.

Fighting cholera post-hurricane, Haiti needs $120M in emergency assistance

At a cramped police station serving as a makeshift clinic, Darline Derosier tended to the wounds of those injured when Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti’s southwestern peninsula.

Climbing the ladder of awareness

When it comes to our understanding of the unfolding global crisis, each of us seems to fit somewhere along a continuum of awareness that can be roughly divided into five stages.

Research reveals mammograms may do more harm than good

Millions of women are wrongly diagnosed with ‘breast cancer,’ concluded the National Cancer Institute (NCI) commission last year, thanks to over-diagnosis via mammograms.

How to care for breasts naturally this Pink October

Most women have no idea that simply not wearing a bra can have a major impact on the likelihood of developing breast cancer – one of the major killers of women in the western world.

Book Review: Mila’s Meals

It’s not often that you have the luxury of stumbling upon a wholesome, nourishing cookbook for ‘littlies’, that covers everything from weaning to toddler-hood.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa to divest from fossil fuels

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola Mozambique and Namibia) passed a motion at their Provincial Synod to divest from fossil fuels.
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