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I cannot believe the beauty of our youth. They are the truly switched on members of our society. But for them, there would be so much less hope in this world. Take for example the UCT students who made the video of Shopping for a Difference. Boy, they have their heads screwed on right. Why is all of this so difficult for the older folk to ‘get?’ Is it because we are so stuck in our ways, like rats on a treadmill? Need food … off we go to the first, most convenient spot. Eating for convenience or for the sake of my own and the planet’s health? What does the average person even know about how their shopping impacts on the planet and therefore their own future, let alone their children? Do we stop to look, think, ask questions about the products in our trolleys? Say NO, if it’s not good for all?

How much of what we do is really in line with our ultimate needs – for a healthy and happy life and planet? Can we slow down and contemplate this question? From the depth of that self-assessment arises new ways. How to tweak my life with the new awareness that the human race is not acting as a beneficial agent on this planet. And not the entire human race, but us folk sitting on computers with a 3 or more planet footprint.

Whilst our energy and transport comes from fossil fuels, we are all guilty. But we can start somewhere – and food is an easy place. Attending Organic Farmer’s Markets is fun. And this is not just any market – if it’s not organic, it’s not harmless. Engaging with thinking, caring, creative thinkers over a cup of organic cappuccino is exciting. Fresh air and conversations with the actual growers of the food feeds me on all levels. Tips are exchanged. How is your spinash coming on? Milk without hormones and antibiotics. Farm butter to die for. Home-made artisanal breads and cheeses. Bread made with wheat that was not soaked in Roundup, thank heavens!

What fun is the home delivery of a weekly box of locally produced, seasonal, fresh produce – sans the excessive packaging. Sans the cling wrap – this is one piece of domestic waste that is not recycled at present.

Possibly the cherry on top of your commitment to health all around is walking into your garden and watching the flowers appear on your new tomato plants … suddenly the aubergines are in bloom with the promise of food for my family. How to feed and water them consistently better? How to gradually restructure your existence to dance in sync with nature again – what could be a greater blessings? As we got lost, we can stop and allow nature to find us again.

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Shopping to make a difference


ARIPO TO JOIN UPOV, OUTLAW AFRICAN FARMERS' RIGHTS              Viva to the Capetownians who consider where their food comes from, who shop local, organic and seasonal, who support community empowering farming initiatives and who benefit themselves and the planet in the process. Watch this video made by UCT students and see some bright young faces who think, […]
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Afbrekende energiebeleid moet verander – Alliansie


Afbrekende energiebeleid moet veranderKoolstofvrye hernubare energie maak net 12% van die energie uit wat wêreldwyd verbruik word, aldus die burgerregte-organisasie AfriForum op Aardedag. Fossielbrandstof word steeds gebruik vir 80% van die wêreld se energie en genereer 30 miljard metrieke ton se koolstofbesoedeling elke jaar. Bekende en toeganklike fossielbrandstofreserwes het in 2012 reeds meer as vyf keer meer brandstof […]
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Become a pioneering facilitator for active citizenship


NNI group Cape TownCome and learn how to facilitate truly transformational, deep dialogue aligned to the vision of healing our past and present in order to create a more empowered, active South African citizenship now and for the future. “No-Name Initiative” (NNI) was launched in South Africa as a non-profit initiative to create true dialogue in families, communities, […]
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Most energy efficient buildings announced


Benchmarking South African buildings’ energy use: Results of the 4th National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS)Each year building owners and facility managers enter their buildings in the National Energy Barometer Survey (NEBS) to compare how they have improved their energy use against others in a similar industry – hospitals, offices, car dealers, hotels and shopping centers. The latest results are out and the top performing buildings for the 2012 utility […]
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Schools enter food gardens competition


Schools urged to enter competition celebrating abundant food gardens and climate resilienceClimate change is a serious risk to vulnerable communities. Six of the eight threats recently highlighted by a team of scientists that gathered in Japan are being addressed by South Africa’s  EduPlant programme. Severe weather events, such as those experienced in late summer this year, can destroy crops and lead to hunger and famine. Schools […]
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Yay as Department announces more renewable energy


South Africa Moves To Add More Renewable EnergySouth Africa occupies an interesting place in the world these days — one part Westernised country, one part African nation. A report from earlier this year identified the country as one of the top 10 countries likely to enable fast-paced growth in the wind energy sector. It was announced by the South Africa Department of […]
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Order Mother Earth Book


GirlGod mother_earth_cover_800Here is a loving tribute to Mother Earth and a call to action for children, their parents and grandparents. “What if our religion was each other If our practice was our life If prayer, our words What if the temple was the Earth If forests were our church If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean […]
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Tree marathon captures hearts in Klapmuts


L to R – Louise Duys of Wildlands, Gerald Esau of Stellenbosch Municipality, the honourable Mayor Conrad Sidego, Kobus Verster of Mediclinic, Lydia Willems of Leaf a Legacy and Theo Pauw of Mediclinic – planting a tree to contribute towards the Million Trees project in Stellenbosch.A renewed energy and excitement filled the air in Klapmuts when crowds of people, including the honourable Mayor Conrad Sidego and over 140 volunteers from five corporate entities, gathered to take part in one of many Tree-a-thon’s (mass planting events) set to take place this year, as part of the “Million Trees” project. The crowd […]
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Calderon dismisses ‘false’ choice between climate and economy


Calderon was Mexico’s president for six years, during which he oversaw UN climate talks in Cancun (Source: World Economic Forum) - See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/04/17/calderon-dismisses-false-choice-between-climate-and-economy/#sthash.ZbUd395u.cFfpScb8.dpufEconomic growth is compatible with tackling climate change, says leader of ‘Stern Review 2′ report on climate economics. Calderon was Mexico’s president for six years, during which he oversaw UN climate talks in Cancun. The choice between tackling climate change and growing the economy is a “false dilemma”, according to Felipe Calderon, former president of […]
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Activists demand fundamental change in energy systems


Theresa Kalmer Fundamental Change in Energy Systems NeededActivists around the world welcomed the latest UN climate science panel’s report by highlighting its passages on the need for fundamental change of energy systems. The report was greeted by a group of German climate justice activists holding banners and photos of protests and campaigns from the across the world. The campaigns are united by […]
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Happy Earth Day All!


UntitledI fight not for the saving of the planet, for She did not elect me, I fight not to save Humankind, for they chose me not; I fight, in the process of self-induced human global suicide, On behalf of those innocents who suffer in the process… While one child goes hungry, while one sister cannot […]
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Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands


Glow-In-The-Dark-Highways-lead-537x340Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced standard street lighting on a 500 meter stretch of highway in The Netherlands. This project is the first stage of a concept first unveiled back in 2012 by designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, who presented his ‘Smart Highway’ plans during Dutch Design Week. The goal of the ‘Smart Highway’ […]
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