Spring has Sprung at Sustainable.co.za and we are celebrating in style this year. To kick off for Arbor Week we have challenged our team to grow their own Bonsai Trees (from seed nogal). Indigenous trees only, of course, including the African Baobab, the Wisteria and the White Stinkwood Tree. Keep a close eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Can we just mention that we love trees? If you are interested in planting something yourself, contact Seeds for Africa, a really great website with a wide range of options. If you are not much of a gardener, why not donate some trees at GreenPop? Every bit counts.
A Little Something Extra
We love Spring and we love our customers, so we will be including a little extra something in our parcels this season. Let us know if you receive one by sending a picture to our Facebook Page. We would love to know what you think!
Save Water this Spring
If you are in the Cape, you will be aware that we haven't had enough rain to fill our dams. With Summer fast approaching, let's make a concerted effort to save our water. In fact, everyone should make a concerted effort to save water as it is a valuable resource and very noticeable when it is not readily available. Check out our previous blog about Water Saving here. We have made an effort to source good quality products and a wide range of options for your convenience. Check them out here. My personal favourite is the Water Pebble. We have had so many enquiries about shower timers that we have kept our eyes open for a good quality solution and here it is. We will be extending our Free Delivery campaign in Cape Town so ordering from us has become a lot more convenient.
Now's the Time to Invest
Of course, with the days getting longer and the sun out in full force, what is better than investing in solar? Replace your outdoor lights with our amazing range of ambient Solar Lightsthat not only light up the garden but create a great atmosphere. Check out the range here. We are also pleased to announce that we will be running an amazing Spring Special on our complete range of Blue Nova Lithium Ion batteries. With a warranty of 10 years, it's a great time to invest. We will also be running specials on a wide range of products to get you into the swing of Spring so have a look.
And last but not least, we will be celebrating Heritage Day or Braai Day with an exciting giveaway. You will stand a chance to win one of three prizes made up of the following must-have products. A 5Kg Box of Ecologs and a pack of Eco Fire Lighters. These have been a firm favourite in our office this Winter. They produce little to no smell and the coals remain hotter for longer. We have also added a Solar Buddy for night time braais AND a Kitchen Tap Aerator to reduce water usage when preparing the food. Keep an eye on our Social Media Pages and enter the giveaway here.
Hope Springs Eternal
Budding green leaves, colourful flowers, a fresh chill in the air, longer days and baby animals everywhere, bring about renewed hope for all. Keep fighting the good fight. Green is a lifestyle not a colour.
If we are going to create change and convince the people to move away from fossil fuels, we need to act locally. As a energy campaigner with Greenpeace, I have to make sure that We Walk the Talk.
Right from my post graduation days, I have been a strong advocate of using and implementing Renewable Energy. In Greenpeace, we lobby with governments locally and globally to shift towards a 100 % renewable energy for the benefit of the planet and all of us.
We recently moved our offices to Randburg and as part of the move we wanted to go carbon neutral on our energy consumption. Being the energy expert, I took lead on the project and one of very first step is monitoring your energy needs and consumption pattern. As an office space, most of our daytime energy needs come from workplace lighting, having close to 480 tube lights that is a lot of “$$$”. So the first investment we made was to retro fit all our existing light’s to LED’s. This saved close to 50% of our energy due to lighting. Not just the energy , we also had a good 40% jump in our light output (lux levels)
These LED lights come with a 5 year warranty, as you can see from the images light intensity has gone up. From my perspective, the LED retrofit is definitely a rewarding investment which will give you returns right from day one both in terms of energy savings = $ saved and increased light output = happy employees. Who ever is looking to reduce your electricity bill I would recommend to start off LED retrofits both for commercial and household purposes. So the first step, is now complete. To know more about what I did for “walking the talk” keeping watching this space.
By Anand Prabu Pathanjali
Climate and energy Campaigner
The 4th Annual SA Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town and surrounds, proudly supported by leading Western Cape ECO Friendly business partners Sustainable.co.za, Ballo, Reliance and Hemporium.
This years Festival theme is #ChangeIsHere in light of a tumultuous 2016 – which took the record for the hottest global temperatures ever measured, served up several political surprises across continents and saw burgeoning technological advances from driverless cars to falling costs of renewable power – whatever your opinion or beliefs, #ChangeIsHere.
With engaging and thought provoking program content the Festival seeks to explore what changes are needed, and how our personal change can affect the world for the better. We are proud to be showcasing challenging, intriguing and creative film content from SA and across the World highlighting issues that effect us all, whilst introducing participants, filmmakers and audience members alike to sustainable living choices and life style changes that are available, today.
With audience Q&A’s, guest speakers and more, this years SA Eco Film Festival is gearing up to create an ever bigger impact than ever before.
The program covers a broad range of pressing topics, each with a unique approach highlighting the urgency of the environmental situation and offering hope by uniting people working towards a solution. Among the issues covered are population growth and its devastating combined effect with consumerism; escalating global trade and the impact of the massive maritime freight industry, the hidden realities of climate change on the oceans and ideas to utilise this vast resource in addressing water scarcity. The exposé continues with threatened seed banks and the patenting thereof by corporate greed and social injustice still rampant in child slavery. Underpinning these themes is a call to action to protect what we take for granted and debunking an outdated system no longer in line with the demands of the future.
BEFORE THE FLOOD (96 MINS, USA, 2016)
Leonardo di Caprio travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of climate change and the concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.
Before the Flood - Trailer | National Geographic - YouTube
CAN YOU DIG THIS (80 MINS, USA, 2016)
These South LA "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. Not a story of science and economics but a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to get on and "plant some shit."
CHANGE (5 MINS, SINGAPORE 2016 - ANIMATION)
Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.
CYCLOLOGIC (15 MINS, SWEDEN/UGANDA 2016)
Traveling the streets of Kampala by bike is exhausting and dangerous. Chaotic and dangerous traffic, endless queues, pollution, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle. Politicians seem to have given up on finding a solution. But there are a few people who strive to show that there are alternatives. Urban planner Amanda Ngabirano's biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city. An impossible task according to many.
Not according to Amanda.
DEATH BY DESIGN (73 MINS, USA 2015)
Just what is the cost of our digital dependency? Director Sue Williams debunks the notion that electronics is a “clean” industry. From early poisonous practices in Silicon Valley, to China’s ongoing dumping of chemicals this is a story that isn’t being told - but can no longer be ignored.
2016 CNEX 主題紀錄片影展 │科技代價 Death By Design - YouTube
FOOTPRINT (82 MINS, FRANCE/USA 2016 – SOME SUB-TITLES)
Takes a dizzying spin around the globe, spending time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people who challenge ideas and suggest changes needed to cope with the weight of humanity’s footprint on the world.
FREIGHTENED (84 MINS, SPAIN/FRANCE 2016)
'Sea blindness' refers to a shroud of secrecy that allows hugely lucrative shipping companies to shirk labour, ecological & ethical responsibilities. As trade globalises, so do goods and services – at an alarming cost. Denis Delestrac exposes devastating effects of freight shipping & suggests workable solutions that prioritise consumer awareness & commercial accountability.
FREIGHTENED The Real Price of Shipping - Trailer - YouTube
KAYABIKE (45 MINS, SOUTH AFRICA 2016)
The life of a kids and their BMX coach training in a South African township (Kayamandi), waiting for competition day. Throughout the process they will learn much more than just how to pedal.
KOKOTA (30 MINS, CANADA 2016)
Kokota was teetering towards collapse, climate change and local deforestation were the culprits. This inspiring gem shows how unlikely heroes have managed to adapt to a warming climate.The film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts for change.
LITTLE TEETH (7 MINS GERMANY 2016)
Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest exporters of shark fins. They are consumed in a soup that is considered a delicacy. Rising demand devastates the balance of the ocean. One surfer in Bali didn’t just stand back and watch - he convinces local fishermen to sell the sharks to him alive instead of killing them. This short includes the release of rescued baby sharks into a protected marine park.
NORMAL IS OVER (103 MINS, NETHERLANDS/SA 2015)
A compelling film chronicling the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet, while Offering changes and solutions, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. This film is intended to challenge viewers on many different levels but, most of all, offers hope.
Normal Is Over Official Trailer (2016) - YouTube
SEA OF LIFE (86 MINS, CANADA 2016)
Sea of Life seeks to inspire change by bringing audiences an eye-opening adventure from the beautiful world of coral reefs. There are introductions to the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists, and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.
Trailer for Sea of Life - YouTube
SEED – THE UNTOLD STORY (94 MINS, USA, 2016)
A David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food, this harrowing and heartening story features reluctant heroes rekindling a lost connection to our most treasured resource and reviving a culture of life.
TAWAI (100 MINS, UK 2017)
Bruce Parry, BAFTA award winning documentarian, explores what has happened to humankind since we stopped roaming and began to settle. From the jungles of Borneo to India and from the Amazon to the Isle of Skye what has happened to our societies, to our relationships with each other, and how we relate to the natural world?
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (80 MINS, USA, 2016)
The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, this film investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change through the lens of US national security and global instability. The film's unnerving assessment is not a reason for fatalism but a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.
THE CHOCOLATE CASE (90 MINS, NETHERLANDS 2016)
In 2003, a group of young Dutch journalists began a campaign against child slavery in the cocoa industry. Their journey towards a slave-free world cocoa began as part of a report on a current affairs TV program. Combining archival material with new footage and interviews an inspiring story is brought up to date.
The Chocolate Case - Vimeo
THERE WILL BE WATER (58 MINS, DENMARK 2016)
With the world rapidly running out of water, British engineer Bill Watts has a big idea: turning salt water into an energy source, and using large desert areas to produce energy, food and clean water. But turning his lightbulb moment into a viable commercial prospect proves a difficult nut to crack.
THE VALUABLE WASTE (47 MINS, NIGERIA 2016)
Waste management is a problem everywhere. Now, with the cooperation of stakeholders and social groups contributing and participating in managed recycling schemes at a local level, a clean and healthy environment seems a possibility through a sustainable development in West Africa.
WHAT IS REAL (79 MINS, SOUTH AFRICA 2016)
Join South African director, Jay Mac, as he narrates a world of change through a method called, Jivamukti Yoga. Told through the people that made that history around the world, spanning over three decades including Sting, Russell Simmons, Krishna Das, Donna Karan, WAH, MC Yogi and many more...
What is Real Theatrical Trailer - YouTube
WOMEN ARE THE ANSWER (90 MINS, AUSTRALIA 2016)
Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark, but one state in southern India has found a solution. The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined, using it as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.
As everyone is well aware, Tata Madiba's birthday is on the 18th of July. At Sustainable.co.za, we love what Madiba Day stands for so we have decided to dedicate the month of July to Madiba and challenge everyone else to do the same!
In the spirit of this, our team have dedicated themselves to 67 random acts of kindness in July. You can follow our progress via the checklist below. We will post evidence of our deeds to our Social Media accounts so keep an eye out!
67 Random Acts of Kindness Checklist
1. Buy the Big Issue
The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme. You can read more about them here. We will be on the lookout for a Big Issue vendor and will purchase all their stock.
2-7. Free Hugs
Each team member will hold up a cardboard sign offering free hugs in a busy area at lunch time for 67 minutes.
8-17. 10 x blankets for the homeless
We will be purchasing 10 blankets and will be on the lookout for destitute people to give them to.
18-23. Free sandwiches
Each team member will be making a sandwich and give it to someone in need.
24 -33. Knit 10 x scarves
Winter is cold, so we will be knitting 10 scarves to offer with the blankets.
34. Put a complete category of products on special in July only.
Check out the range here.
35 - 44. Ship 10 Hampers for free to any charity of buyer's choice.
Purchase a Hamper here for a charity of your choice and we will ship them to any main area in South Africa for free.
We will be donating a percentage of our sales income in July to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
46 - 55. Help animals in need.
We will be donating various goods to Shaygam's Shelter in Hout Bay. See more about Shaygam's Shelter here.
56 - 57. 2 x Team Members to donate blood.
Zeke and Sian have very kindly offered to donate blood at the Blood Bank in Blue Route Mall.
58 - 67. Sponsor ten trees on Greenpop
Greenpop is a social enterprise planting trees, growing food and educating for action across Southern Africa. We will be sponsoring 10 trees to be planted in reforestation projects across Southern Africa. Check them out here.
" A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of. " ~ Nelson Mandela
Is it possible to save money running your household during winter? It is, and here are a few tips to make your home more eco-friendly and save money at the same time!
Use existing insulation As soon as the sun begins setting, close curtains and blinds to keep warmth inside bedrooms and living spaces. It will mean your interior stays warmer for longer and will mean switching heaters on only if essential.
Replace and switch off
Replace all light bulbs with LED. Turn off lights, plugs and especially electric blankets and heaters when not using them. Just these few things can reduce your home’s electricity consumption by 15%.
Lose 1 degree Celsius
While going solar is ideal, turning your geyser down by 1 degree and switching it off during the middle of the day can make a difference. This can provide estimated savings of R100 a week on your electricity bill. Take it further and investigate using geyser blankets and timer switchers.
Get a Spindel Doing laundry in winter is very costly if you are using a tumble dryer, so rather use a Spindel. It’s an innovative dryer that uses spin power instead of heat to remove up to 80% of the leftover moisture from clothes in just three minutes. Laundry dries in a fraction of the time and it uses 100 times less electricity than tumble drying. Spindel is also safe for all fabrics – perfect for those winter woollens and hand washed delicates.
Glass, paper, aluminium, and plastic are materials we use every day to make our lives easier, however, if disposed or managed improperly, they can have damaging effects on the environment. Fortunately, recycling has become easier and more convenient than ever with recycling bins available in public places and domestically. But, did you know recycling isn’t the only option to reduce your waste?
Whether you're spring cleaning or selling your home, you're bound to throw out a few items. But, if you're a DIY interior designer or just an ordinary housewife who prefers to use old clothes as a cleaning cloth, you are already following a practice known as upcycling. Similar to recycling, upcycling involves converting waste materials into new materials and objects. But, instead of sending them off to a recycling facility, we reuse them for household purposes.
When the contents of your recycling bin reach the recycling facility, they are broken down into a raw state. For example, glass that is recycled is crushed and remelted into a new material called cullet. The new material is then used to produce something new at the same, lesser or even higher quality. A glass bottle can be recycled into another glass bottle and the quality stays the same. But, a plastic bottle can be reproduced as part of a backpack, shoulder bag or a sleeping bag.
When something is upcycled, it does not entirely lose its original form. Although the item can be reworked into a variety of new products, the material stays the same and the new product retains roughly the quality of the old product.
The concept of upcycling was popularised in 2002 by William McDonough and Michael Braungart's book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. The book states that the goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. The only energy you use is our own and the only limitation is your imagination!
Speaking of imagination, here are some creative ways to put your upcycling skills to use:
Use old CDs to make coasters or mosaic tile plates
Old tyres can be converted into tree swings, an ottoman and a garden planter.
Tin cans can be used for almost anything – from pencil holder to flower vase to outdoor lanterns.
Paper bags can be reused as school book covers while used gift wraps can be saved for another occasion.
Use glass jars or take-away containers to store cake decorations or buttons.
Empty paper rolls can be used in your children's paper crafts and school projects or as bird feeders and campfire starters.
Upcycling is great for decorating purposes but it could also be a life-saver around your household (bet you didn't know placing your laptop on an egg carton tray will help cool it down while in use). Plus it can help you save money (why pay for a plastic bag at the supermarket when you can bring your own?). Whichever way you look at it, upcycling can help you live more environmentally friendly.
We were suddenly given a ray of hope amid the current political gloom when the Western Cape High Court declared the Nuclear Procurement process unlawful. Launched in October 2015 by Earthlife Africa (ELA) and Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), their case contends that the government is violating the constitution by concluding deals without first debating it in Parliament (read more about the Nuclear Deal). While this will hamper the Nuclear Program, there is still a long fight ahead and all gains made in the interim will stand testament to the value of renewable energy.
Every step taken towards renewable energy diminishes the argument for Nuclear Energy. Rooftop solar has the potential to put Eskom under a lot of financial strain, leaving no option but to opt for the proven cheaper and safer renewable energy. Every kWh supplied by these alternative sources prevents the release of about 1kg CO² per unit of electricity. As the industry develops and allocates more funds to research and development it will become even more competitive.
No discussion on Nuclear and Renewable Energy is complete without taking full account of the risks posed by nuclear power. Only November last year was the final structure moved into place at Chernobyl to contain the nuclear waste, replacing the aging concrete structure that was erected in the weeks following the explosion. The biggest ever movable man-made structure is finally in place 30 years after the disaster.
The catastrophic events following the Fukushima disaster on 11 March 2011 should be a reminder to us that contingency plans are not adequate when dealing with fission reactions. The power plant automatically switched off when the earthquake occurred which means the cooling of the reactors had to be powered externally by 13 diesel generators, only they were flooded by the tsunami causing hydrogen build-up in the reactors and their eventual explosion. The severity of the radioactive leaks into the atmosphere and the ocean will only become evident over time. Even so 116 children in the area have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since the disaster, 20 – 50 times higher than the national average.
The disposal of radioactive waste is considered a minor problem and mostly ignored by nuclear proponents, hence the absence of a permanent disposal plan for the high level waste i.e. spent fuel kept at Koeberg which is growing by 30 tons every year. In addition, 500 steel drums and 100 concrete drums of low to medium level nuclear waste from Koeberg gets buried every year at the Vaalputs Disposal Facility, 100 km south of Kimberley, and this from only two 900 MW reactors compared to 9600 MW planned for Thyspunt. A further cause for concern is the proposed fracking in the area which can lead to earth tremors, a factor almost certainly not considered when the 10 000 hectares was acquired in 1983.
As if this is not enough problems for the Northern Cape, a local subsidiary of an Australian company, Peninsula Energy, has acquired 750 000 hectares of uranium exploration concessions in the Karoo. The hazards of Uranium mining are well known and pose a much greater threat to the region than commonly acknowledged. Half a million tons of waste rock and 100 000 tonnes of toxic waste tailings will need to be extracted to yield 25 tonnes of Uranium, enough to supply a reactor for one year.
The abundance of solar and wind energy in South Africa are well documented. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) estimates that rooftop solar installation alone can provide 136TWh and the EIA areas can provide a further 420TWh when the aggregate demand currently stands at 225TWh. Critics of renewable energy point out that electricity demand peak in the evening due to increased domestic use and would thus need conventional ‘base load power’. Fortunately, wind power can take up the slack when the sun sets.
Let’s look at the facts before shunning this as hippie conjecture. In theory, if we allocate 0.1km² for every MW wind generation capacity, our nation’s 1.3 million km² surface area can generate 38 000 TWh wind power per year. This is based on a load factor of 0.36 when in Germany in 2015 working on a load factor of 0.2, wind power amounted to 77TWh (at 44GW capacity), about a third of our annual demand.
Since the first of four REIPPPP bid windows in November 2011, the cost of Solar Power has dropped from R3.65/kWh to R0.62/kWh and Wind power dropped from R1.51 to R0.62/kWh, whereas the cost of coal power currently stands at R1.3/kWh and Nuclear R1.17 - R1.30/kWh. Sadly the bidding has been stalled by Eskom since November 2015 and 37 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) are left waiting to invest over R50 Billion in the country.
Clearly there are vested interests in the fossil fuel industry that view renewable energy as a threat to its profits. Acting Eskom CEO, Matshela Koko, claims he is prepared to sign the IPP bids at the current tariff, but this may be up to the new CEO stepping into office in June.
By now you may be well aware that certain municipalities have placed strict limits on water consumption as dam levels have shrunk to alarming percentages over the last couple of months. And, with parts of South Africa still caught in the grip of drought, water conservation should be a top priority for all citizens. Even if you live in a region where water is slightly more abundant, your household is urged to reduce its water footprint.
Not only will water conservation help lower your utility bill so you don't have to turn to a Personal Loan to make ends meet, but grey water recycling can also help prevent water pollution in local dams and lakes. In this article, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za, we present ways how you can put grey water to good use. These tips are adapted from Hippo.co.za's original post How to Save Water and Recycle Grey Water in Your Home.
What is grey water?
Grey water is usually meant to go down the drain after you are done showering, bathing, doing the dishes or the laundry. It is waste water that contains relatively small amounts of chemicals from soaps, shampoos, and washing powders, which can be safely reused to keep your car shiny or your grass looking great.
How to harvest grey water manually
Usable waste water can be captured with minimal manual input through a grey water system; however, these can cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, extracting grey water can be done without special equipment if you’re willing to put in the effort.
After washing the dishes, use a dish pan to scoop water out of the basin and into a bucket.
If you're washing your hands or rinsing vegetables, place a bucket under the tap to collect the water.
When showering, place a bucket in the shower with you.
Connect the drain hose of your washing machine to the sealed laundry sink where you can collect the water. If possible, point the drain hose directly to nearby plants if the water can flow into that direction without creating a mess.
Unused water from your pet's bowl can be emptied directly into pot plants.
You can opt to have a grey water system do all the work for you. When installing a grey water device, you can consider either a diversion system or a greywater treatment system. Diversion systems distribute grey water without using biological processes to convert the water into a purer form. This system normally transports grey water directly to the garden or toilet; however, they can also be equipped with a surge tank to help leverage the pressure of water flow as well as filters to remove particles such as hair from the pipes.
A greywater treatment system goes the extra mile by disinfecting and removing all chemicals from the grey water, which can be used for laundry or your irrigation system. This option is more viable if you need to use the water for a vegetable garden or if your area is severely affected by water shortages when you can put purified grey water to other uses besides the garden or your car. Water is a valuable resource which is why it's vital for everyone to do their bit in making sure each drop counts. For additional water saving tips, read the full article on Hippo.co.za's blog.
Sustainable.co.za is proud to be collaborating with Greenpeace Africa to bring you news, call to actions and events on the good work Greenpeace is doing to effecting Climate and Energy change on our Planet. We will be featuring articles from members of the Greenpeace staff, how you can help with raising awareness and exclusive promotions on renewable energy products and information. Please continue reading below on the action Greenpeace is taking and how you can help.
Let’s not beat about the bush. All environmental threats are serious, but climate change might just be the biggest threat mankind has ever faced, particularly in Africa. Africans aren’t responsible for climate change; the industrial nations are the worst offenders. But it is Africans who will pay the steepest price.
The energy sector is the worst offender, creating almost 66 percent of all greenhouse gases. Yet in South Africa, where the government is faced with a major energy supply problem, their answer seems to be the building of more coal-fired energy stations, a 'solution' which only serves to worsen the problem.
Greenpeace is locked in a desperate struggle to change people’s minds, especially the minds of the country’s leaders. We need to change the view that nuclear power is a cheap and effective solution to our energy problems -- it's not. We want to start a revolution in the thinking around energy, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and saving the continent and creating jobs in the process.
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Every year people switch off their lights for an hour as a collective gesture towards the protection of the environment. Unless you have a streak of Nyctophilia chances are that you would, like most people, prefer to avoid stubbing your toe against the kitchen table leg. If you are a shoe-wearing environmentalist, you'd probably prefer to avoid falling down the stairs when your shoes fail to warn you of the impending drop. Either way, some form of eco-friendly lighting might not be such a bad idea. Yes, we seize every opportunity to promote our wonderful products, see the full range of solar lights here.
On the 25th of March at 8:30pm local time, people across 24 time zones will be coming together to make a noise in the interest of our only terrestrial home. There’s still a lot of sceptics out there, not to mention national leaders who choose to ignore the realities faced by future generations. Sadly, our society’s myopic policy-making is slow to catch on to the real dangers, but governments and corporates are at last starting to shift their stance on this issue that can no longer be ignored. China is finally enforcing stricter carbon cutting measures on a city-level and its notorious law enforcement isn’t accepting lame excuses; no more “the dog ate my emissions certificate” for Chinese factory owners. Freight ships entering Chinese harbours now have to switch off their diesel engins and take on power lines from the port authorities.
We have all heard arguments that the earth has been through warmer periods before and that the current warming is due to natural cycles i.e. change in orbit over 100 millennia, the latter has off course been disproven. Increasing levels of CO2 and Methane are the leading cause of present climate change, the far-reaching consequences of which are already becoming apparent in ways far more disastrous than with natural warming. These changes are often far removed from our everyday lives yet thousands of children are dying the world over from pneumonia directly linked to hazardous air quality, but the urgency of environmental policies are still being questioned?
This year we are privileged to be working with WWF and Green Peace to lobby for the renewable sector, an industry that continually has to justify itself and overcome bureaucratic hurdles. Moreover, the 4th AnnualEco Film Festival will be taking place around Earth Hour, as a co-sponsor, the Sustainable team is looking forward to take part in this event. Whether you are at a festival, sitting at a family dinner table or camping in the bush with stars overhead, join millions of people in a mass demonstration to affect change.
What can I do other than jumping up and down and banging on Parliament’s door?