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Greyton aims to phase out plastic bags


Greyton plastic bag banFrom the 3rd of July 2014 (International plastic bag free day), Greyton aims to become South Africa’s first town to phase out single use plastic shopping bags. This is a drive initiated by Greyton Transition Town (GTT) and supported and assisted by Hayley McLellan from Rethink the Bag. This is just one of the many creative waste reduction […]
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Home gardens prove resourceful in the face of adversity


Suelyla Dya grows enough vegetables in her tiny garden to feed herself and her family of seven. (photo by Carole Ann Knight, on Flickr)The Cape Flats is a windswept, crime-ravaged area in Cape Town, South Africa, that’s beset by apathy, unemployment, and substance abuse. Underprivileged communities live here in grim housing blocks pockmarked by gunfire, or in shacks packed tightly together in the unmistakable press of poverty. Empty lots are choked with refuse and municipal buildings are surrounded […]
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Living Hope Centre helps develop skills and build food security


Living HopeFrom the outside, the Living Hope Farm tunnels in Masipumelele, Cape Town, look just like any large vegetable tunnel filled with lush growth.  Look inside and you will see texts from the Bible hanging between the tall rows of tomatoes. Joey, the farm operations manager from Tennessee, explained that during the difficult early days spent mastering farming […]
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Give your office a green thumbprint this Green Office Week


Green-Office-Art-Installation-In-Denver-6Next week is Green Office Week (GOW) which is intended to raise awareness of the importance of eco-friendly offices and inform office workers that they too can make a positive impact on the environment whilst at work. Your office will be healthier and make financial sense Although some organisations are already making clear statements about their green products […]
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BP avoids responsibility for mess of Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill


BP-Oil-Beach-4-11-14What has happened to the clean-up operations after the Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill? Tom Young from The Legal Examiner reports on the scale of pollution still remaining since the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe four years ago: Here is a summary of the 11 April beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental […]
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Popular herbicide linked to cause of Gluten Intolerance


Roundup glyphosateHave you ever wondered why lately so many people are “gluten intolerant?” I have long held and expressed the opinion that it is not the wheat that’s at fault. Something else must be slipping into the wheat. Now a compelling new peer-reviewed report from two U.S. scientists argues that increased use of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide […]
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No whale meat shipment allowed in Durban port


GoodbyeWhaleMeatSiteThis week the cargo ship Alma, carrying 2,000 tons of endangered fin whale meat from Iceland, has decided not to enter the South African port of Durban. The ship was en route to Japan to deliver its condemnable cargo in Tokyo and wanted to resupply halfway. It would have met public outrage.  In three days over 21,000 […]
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Fracking directly linked to earthquakes for the first time


frackingGeologists in Columbus, Ohio, have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest. A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the […]
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Make a #GlobalSelfie with NASA on Earth Day


GlobalSelfieLogo_verticalstackYou are invited to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with NASA’s #GlobalSelfie event. The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science […]
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Years of Living Dangerously – now the truth goes beyond entertainment


Years_of_Living_Dangerously_thumb2Learning through the audio visual medium is really what speaks most deeply perhaps to our current generation. Art for the sake of art, or entertainment, has its place in our society, but with our very civilisation now threatened, I was hoping that someone would use the film medium to speak to the masses. Deeply, easily […]
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