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29 Jun


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Issue 93: Politicians rise to the green challenge


Dear readers

One day, when top politicians understand the link between climate change and poverty, our continent will finally join full throttle recovery from this world scourge. This has been my mantra for years. This month some powerful statements were made, which has brought us closer to the new world we are working towards.

“We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society,” said US President Barack Obama at GeorgetownUniversity in WashingtonDC, where he laid out a package of measures aimed at curbing climate change, including limits on emissions from power plants. Allow me to respond in one of our newly acknowledged African languages: So ‘n bek kort jam!

Our own Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the Green Economy National Youth Summit in Cape Town: "Poverty is the most urgent challenge because it is the daily reality of many South Africans. We must therefore move with the necessary speed in dealing with climate change, which invariably exacerbates conditions of poverty for many."

And then Stefan Gsänger at the Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy in Munich: “To break the inertia, we need a robust, global call for 100% renewable energy that creates urgently needed political will among policy makers around the globe.”

At the Greenest Event Dr. Hartnady introduced the concept of “ethics for geologists” – similar to the Hippocratic Oath for doctors. In essence mines need to make “all efforts not to harm the earth” and restore or improve environments to pristine conditions.

Yet in ‘Feeling the Heat: Consequences of rising temperatures for desert birds,’ a bleak picture was painted for the future of the birds of the Kalahari, if climate change continues on its trajectory, said Susie Cunningham, during the University of Cape Town’s ‘Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation Seminar Series’.

So while the Arctic ice is rapidly vanishing, it’s up to every one of us to hold our leaders accountable and become the leader in our own spheres of influence. There is no time to wait for others. With the bad news, we always bring you inspiring examples of our brave new world.

Like 5000 households running on …pooh power. How about bringing such innovation to resolve Khayalitsha’s sewage and energy problems? Wild cheetahs are home in the Free State again, green buildings are arising all over the place and even the Department of Environmental Affairs have taken the lead with a 6 Star Green Building! Another milestone happening next month …our first off green banking branch. It is indeed a time of miracles and wonders.

“We’re going to have to trust something that is deep in us – the instinct for fair play,” said Dr. Ian McCallum, author of Ecological Intelligence. “Without this there would be no personal ethic.” He said we need a social evolution of our species. “Free will is the freedom to say yes and the freedom to say no.”

We have decisions to make, daily. During the next month, what are we going to say no to, and what will get our yes? Enjoy the read, be a green hero and send your news to our welcome new intern, Soninke Combrinck. Thank you to the Universe for lending this enthusiastic bunny to us for 6 months – she has truly brought the sunshine into our office.

Finally our hearts are with Tata Madiba and we pray that he is granted the freedom to fly into the peace which he deserves. His courage and integrity will remain in this country forever, and in the green movement for climate justice.


Participate in State of the Environment Report

Environment ReportObama lays out climate action plan

obama30 months to save the world

melting iceHave a gas without costing the earth

derek hanekomFirst ever renewable energy banking branch coming

saving waterLots on offer at this year’s Sustainability Week

sustainability weekWild cheetahs return to the Free State

wild cheetahsToo hot to handle

Kalahari birdsHelp our planet sustain its 7 billion people

recyclingWaste not want not this Youth Day

Youth DayUsing puppets to teach kids about the ocean

puppet kidsPoor are most disadvantaged by climate change

Deputy President Motlanthe


Kaberuka heads to Tanzania to talk energy with Obama

Biomethane refinery in Germany supplies 5,000 homes

Europe: first 100% Renewable Energy continent?

Greenest Event wants ethics for geologists

Showcase how you are saving energy

Funky new water innovation helps you save

Environmental Affairs Head Office receives 6 stars

Rise the new world in green buildings

Foxglove organic stories Pt 6: Up to our elbows

organic farmingGrow your own food step 5: Who likes who in the zoo?

food gardenSolutions urgently needed for marine debris dilemmas

marine debris


Clothing that doesn’t cost the earth

hemp clothing

· 7 July: Herbs for Animals Workshop

· 12 – 13 July: Rhino Rescue & Rehab Workshop

· 18 July: Mandela Day

· 21 July: Conscious Gardening Workshop

· 25 July: Intro to Carbon Project course

Click on the event for more information.


New partnership to boost sustainability leadership in Africa

sustainability leadershipGreenwashing: how do we use this concept for good?

green office week


Elma and the team


Stories for a cool earth!

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Elle Durow
"Nature's Hideaway"
District Road 389
The Save Our Planet Network is devoted to keeping people informed about what is happening to the world's natural ecosystems, people's livelihoods, etc as a result of human activities which are seriously damaging the quality of life on Earth.
One of our main focuses is on educating people about what is happening and to try to encourage them to alter their lifestyles and attitudes to correct the damage that has already happened.
We also try to persuade people to be more compassionate and to care for all of Nature's creatures from minute microbes to the largest mammals - this includes all humans who are part of the natural world.
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