Let’s Talk About COP16

By | June 5th, 2011|Green|

Do not drink and try to say ‘Environmental Sustainability’. It is a mouthful at the best of times, but when in a state of inebriation, it is sure to land you in a tsunami of consonants and vowels. […]

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Karoo Farmers Head to Fracking Frontline

By | May 5th, 2011|Green|

On a cold winter’s day in May, Dougie Stern and Lukie Strydom met in the lapa at Dougie’s livestock farm between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg. Over coffee and rusks they discussed the final itinerary of their two-week fact finding mission to the United States from 17 June – 4 July where they will intensively investigate shale gas fracking. […]

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SA’s Seafood Consumers are The Heroes

By | January 31st, 2011|Green|

“Congratulations to South Africa’s seafood consumers. By insisting on sustainably harvested fish and seafood you are significantly driving change.” This is the message from Dr Samantha Petersen, project manager of the Green Trust-supported Sustainable Fisheries Programme. Pressure from South African consumers on the seafood retail market over the past couple of years has helped to suppress the demand for over-exploited fish stocks. […]

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South Africa’s First Reef Atlas

By | January 31st, 2011|Green|

Nedbank’s Green Trust is funding a three-year project led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) to create the first national map of our South Africa’s reef systems. The South African Reef Atlas is based on underwater photographs and gps co-ordinates submitted by ‘reef users’, notably divers, research organisations and government. It will significantly contribute to the improved planning and management of one of South Africa’s most important marine habitats and its biodiversity. […]

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Key Moment for SA Climate Change

By | January 31st, 2011|Green|

The government, women, coalminers, business…each sector of South African society needs to be involved right now if, as Africa’s highest emitter of carbon, South Africa is to transform to a low carbon economy. The Green Trust is doing something about it. The Green Trust is funding a project that is contributing to climate change policy development and input to government processes, at the same time as it focuses on labour and grassroots participation in climate change mitigation issues. […]

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Long on Junk and Short on Power

By | January 8th, 2011|Green|

“Africa is long on junk and short on power. There is an obvious opportunity here to re-think how we can use waste to generate power. To this end we are increasing our activity throughout the African continent,” says Kevin Whitfield, Head of Carbon at Nedbank Capital. Suitable carbon projects that the Nedbank can monetize on the African continent are being identified, including renewable energy, waste-to-energy and energy efficiency initiatives and technologies, which either offset or reduce the carbon footprint. […]

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One Woman’s Meat

By | January 5th, 2011|Green|

‘Eat More Beef and Save the Planet’ announced the cover of Time magazine sometime last year. From inside my closet I turned up my headlamp and shone it on the headline. Could this be true? Surely it was supposed to read: ‘Eat More Risotto and Save the Planet’ or some such vegetarian war cry. […]

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Less Travel, More Mobility

By | January 1st, 2011|Green|

There is no better time for all business people, especially business people who spend large chunks of time traveling or on the road, to make the transition to the mobile office – where business meetings, conferences, transactions and client liaison can be done at the tap of a laptop. “The only thing you cannot do virtually or remotely these days is to physically share a cappuccino with your business associates. With the appropriate technology business can now be done ‘face to face’ over a laptop or computer no matter where you are,” says the Nedbank Group’s head of networks, telephony and end user communications, Barry Froneman. […]

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Food for the Stomach, Knowledge for the Mind

By | January 15th, 2010|Green|

When the school feeding scheme in the Eastern Cape collapsed earlier this year, Eco-Schools in the Port St Johns area managed to continue feeding their learners thanks to their food gardens. […]

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