Make a difference
Our world is a beautiful place and it has sustained everything living on it for millions of years. Man’s global footprint has impacted on every corner of the planet and we are continually destroying vital ecosystems in order to sustain our lifestyles.
When we talk of the environment, it means everything around us, not just the weather. It includes all the animals, plants and the human beings living on this planet. We need to step up and make a change before it’s too late. We need to hand over a living planet to future generations, not an arid wasteland we have all but destroyed.
Here are some ways we can make a difference:
- Reuse, reduce and recycle.
- Invest in solar energy – a solar geyser drastically reduces your electricity bill.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
- A kettle uses a large amount of power, don’t fill the kettle if you’re only making one cup.
- Forests are destroyed for cattle farming, so try to eat meat less often.
- Start a compost bin for all your vegetable trimmings and food scraps (except meat).
- Packaging is a terrible pollutant, try and buy products that do not have too much packaging, or be sure to recycle.
- Add a brick to your toilet cistern to help save water.
- Invest in a tank to harvest rain water off your roof.
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
REUSE | REDUCE | RECYCLE
Everything we buy is wrapped in packaging of some kind and most of it is recyclable.
If every household recycled their glass, plastic, paper and tins, it would extend the lifespan of our landfill sites considerably.
If you have a garden, start a compost heap for all your vegetable cuttings and food scraps (excluding meat).
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has started a recycling collection service. Place all your clean glass, plastic, tins and paper in the clear plastic bags provided free of charge by the municipality and put these out on the designated days. Now there is no excuse not to recycle. READ MORE>>
Sorry to future generations
DROWNING IN PLASTIC
Plastic pollutes every corner of the earth, is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet and is lethal to all marine life either through entanglement or ingestion.
Our oceans have become vast dumping grounds and floating gyres of trash are growing by the day, eventually washing up onto beaches all over the world. Ellen MacArthur, a solo long distance yachtswoman and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, warns that by 2020, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Tons of plastic debris, varying in size from large containers and bottles to discarded fishing nets and microscopic plastic pellets are thrown away every year, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and oceans. READ MORE>>
DISCARDED NETS SAVE LIVES
In 2012, Interface and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) embarked on a unique partnership to rid the ocean of discarded fishing nets which wreak havoc on marine life.
Net-Works empowers coastal communities by buying these nets thereby helping to uplift poorer communities. These nets are then sold into a global supply chain and recycled into yarn to make carpet tiles.
Since 2012, 142 metric tons of waste nets have been collected through Net-Works, 1 500 families have been given access to finance and 62 000 people have benefited from a healthier environment. READ MORE>>
OUR LIFESTYLE IS DESTROYING
THE RAIN FORESTS
Rain forests need careful management so that future generations will be able to enjoy their wonder and beauty.
Leaves and twigs, called ‘litter’, fall onto the forest floor. This litter decomposes in the damp and shady conditions, giving life back to the soil; a natural fertiliser. This in turn retains the moisture so vitally important to this amazing ecosystem.
When these forests are destroyed, precious ecosystems and habitats disappear, putting the existence of the animals dependent on them at risk. READ MORE>>
DID YOU KNOW?
• When garbage is burnt, it emits smoke & toxic gases into the air.
• Tobacco, when it was first introduced, was used as a cure for toothache.
• Used motor oil is a hazardous waste.
• Take a farmer into a rain forest and most of the insects and birds he recognises will be the ones he considers to be ‘pests’.
• Tyres sunk off the coast form useful habitats for marine life.
• Methane gas from refuse dumps is tapped and turned into a petroleum substitute. California is producing enough power from methane gas obtained from its dumps/landfills to light up a city. READ MORE>>
The silent killer
We can no longer dispute that global warming is a reality.
Greenhouse gases trap the earth’s heat in the atmosphere which leads to warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increased extreme weather conditions, heat-related deaths and the increased transmission of infectious diseases.
Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, which comes from burning fossil fuels such as petrol and natural gas. Methane gas and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are also deadly air pollutants that play a destructive role in climate change. Factories release sulphur dioxide into the air we breathe. READ MORE>>
GREEN CALENDAR 2017
5th June World Environment Day
8th June World Oceans Day
17th June World Day to Combat Desertification
31st July World Ranger Day
1st September Arbour Day
16th September World Ozone Day
19th September International Coastal Clean-Up Day
22nd September World Rhino Day
24th September World Rivers Day
3rd October World Habitat Day
10-15 October National Marine Week
21 November World Fisheries Day
SOLAR ENERGY IS A HOT INVESTMENT
Why would you want ‘dirty’ power, when you can have endless, clean, pure energy from the sun?
Of course, the biggest advantage to solar power is the savings to your wallet. No more high electricity bills. What more could you ask for?
Solar is actually an investment in the future. Yes, it can be costly, but you can choose to start small by first installing a solar geyser, then slowly work your way up to being completely off the grid. There are many options available and this can be done over a number of years.
You can choose to invest in a hybrid power system, a grid-tied system that will power the appliances in your home, or go entirely off the Eskom grid. Most importantly, when you make the bold step to go solar, it’s very important to know that the system you’re investing so much money in, is top quality, one that will last. READ MORE>>