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Image: Green Economy ‘undermined by disregard for laws’ Environmental crimes reduce future options for the use of natural resources.

South Africa’s potential to develop its green economy is being threatened by people and companies who undermine the country’s environmental laws and regulations, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said.

The latest report on the efforts of the Green Scorpions to fight these threats in the 2013-14 financial year showed increases in the number of criminal dockets registered and those handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority, with a smaller increase in the number of convictions secured.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity, Sustainability
Image: The Next Green Revolution We have a problem. As the human population grows and uses up resources it becomes more and more difficult to grow enough food for everyone. This is not a new problem, but we have temporarily overcome this problem via ‘The Green Revolution’ by using fossil fuels. Peak Oil and the way we treat the planet are leading us into to a problem of crisis proportions.   Read More...



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Image: Hogsback Reforest Fest Success! Restoring biodiversity, one tree at a time.

“The Hogsback Reforest Fest was a huge success. 250 people gathered to plant 2400 trees and dance the night away at one of the most beautiful sites in the country – Terra-Khaya Eco and Family Lodge. Greenpop is so grateful to everyone who helped make this happen.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Enterprise, Environment & Bio-diversity, Social & Community
Image: Cape Town CBD’s investment guide receives International Downtown Award An investment guide published annually on the economic climate of the Cape Town CBD has won a coveted merit award at the 60th annual International Downtown Association Conference held recently in Ottawa, Canada. The award was made in the category of Economic and Business Development for “developing successful marketing efforts and strategies that have recruited new businesses or improved retention efforts in a downtown.”   Read More...



HEADLINES, Agriculture/Food, Food security , Environment & Bio-diversity, Sustainability
Slow Food Presents Its New Presidia at Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre

Slow Food is gearing up to welcome some new arrivals into its family of Presidia. Coordinated by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, the Presidia project has been working to safeguard small-scale producers (and their products) since 2003. The project now works with over 13 thousand farmers and producers in over 50 countries,and has helped to protect over 400 products.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Sustainability
Image: Happy Birthday Greenpop! September begins with a pop as we at Greenpop are celebrating our 4th birthday today!

This newsletter not only marks the end of an exciting August for us here at Greenpop but also the start of a super busy but exhilarating Arbour Month. September begins with a pop as we at Greenpop are celebrating our 4th birthday today!   Read More...




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Image: 3683 Trees for Zambia, and MORE! - What a whirlwind of a month June turned out to be!

Just two weeks after planting our 40 000th tree at the Platbos Reforest Fest, the team packed up Jackalberry and the Treevolution van, our two tree-mendous Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and went off, off and away to Zambia - where the sun shone every day, chitengi cloth could be found at any corner, and 3683 holes were waiting to be dug & filled with glorious trees!   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Greenpop updates from Zambia - July 2014 Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of (green) lovin'!

For the first time at Trees for Zambia, we're hosting the Participation Project Programme - an initiative that allows anyone with experience in fields related to sustainability to share their expertise with the project at large in the form of workshops or presentations.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Urban agriculture for urban dignity Food really is at the heart of so much. It is linked to health, homes, family, dignity and livelihoods

Food really is at the heart of so much. It is linked to health, homes, family, dignity and livelihoods. At their best, local food economies can help alleviate food poverty, connect communities and aid in forming systems resilient to climate change. But, in our local context, many questions remain: How can we create more opportunities for women and youth in urban agriculture?   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Social & Community

Cape Town — "It's a lot of work", says Mama Lulama Jim as she takes respite from the wind in a makeshift container kitchen. She pauses to study her notes made during an early morning inspection of the current crops of cabbage, carrots, spinach, brinjal and spring onion.   Read More...




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Image: GREENPOP TREES FOR ZAMBIA GETS READY TO GREEN LIVINGSTONE Through attending Trees for Zambia, I not only fully experienced the amazing people, culture, schools, and natural beauty of Zambia, but also helped to create a lasting positive impact. I made some incredible new friends and connections, which have really lasted due to our shared experience in Zambia. It was a truly life-changing experience and it has inspired me to view traveling as an opportunity to give as much as take. - Kate Hogarth, Trees for Zambia 2012   Read More...



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A lush, organic haven in the heart of Gugulethu

It’s a warm autumn morning, and Nyanga Junction is a bustle of comings and goings set to an erratic heartbeat of taxi horns. This vibrant ambience forms the backdrop of Asande Food Garden, nestled in the school grounds of Guguletu Comprehensive School on the Cape Flats. Whatever energy the plants in this garden take from this atmosphere seems to add to the quality of the veg - the beans are possibly the sweetest and most tender I’ve ever tasted. The lush garden positively glows under a fine sprinkler mist.   Read More...




Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: CELEBRATING WORLD OCEANS DAY: BEACH CLEAN UP AT BLOUBERG STRAND

On Saturday 7 June, Reliance Compost and the Miss Earth South Africa Cape Town regional finalists cleaned up Blouberg Beach in partnership with CleanC, in celebration of World Oceans Day (8 June), along with SANCOBB and volunteers.   Read More...




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Image: Walk on the wild side at Kirstenbosch The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkaway
The affectionately named “Boomslang” or Tree Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is now open to the public and offers visitors an unusual and unique view from amidst the treetops.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Videos

This video highlights recommendations on how to use your purchasing power to mitigate climate change.   Read More...




CHANGE MAKER, Environment & Bio-diversity, Social & Community, Sustainability, Videos
Image: Interview with Dave Martin, founder of Bulungula Lodge and Incubator Bulungula Lodge and Incubator – 'A catalyst for vibrant and sustainable rural communities'

An incubator was created to develop innovative responses to challenges faced by the community in five areas: basic services, sustainable livelihoods, education, health and nutrition. It represents today more than 200 people that are working directly or indirectly for Bulungula Lodge and Incubator.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Fry’s at the Reforest Fest

“Eating meat is the leading cause of deforestation. That’s why we’re proud to be partners with Greenpop – planting trees in the Earth plants a seed in people, and proves to people that by making a small change in your life you can make a positive difference in the world.” - Brett Thompson, Fry’s Family Foods   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Agriculture/Food, Food security , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Greenpop plants 10 002 indigenous trees at the Platbos Reforest Fests This year’s Reforest Fest opened with the Family Fest, which welcomed 177 planters of all shapes and sizes to the forest from 9-11 May

Over the weekends of 9-11 and 16-18 May 2014, Greenpop returned to Platbos Forest for its fifth and sixth Reforest Fest, planting 3001 trees at the Family Fest and 7001 at the Friends Fest.  All told, 622 people came together to plant 10 002 trees over both weekends, bringing the total trees planted at the Platbos Forest Reserve to date to 18 343 by Greenpop through the Reforest Fests.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Fracking’s unexpected side-effect: Traffic deaths on the rise Drilling areas in US witnessing a significant spike in traffic fatalities
Fracking requires twice or three times as many truck trips per well as older oil and gas extraction techniques. That could be reason for drilling areas in US witnessing a significant spike in traffic fatalities, new analysis suggests.   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Social & Community
Image: Changing their home to change the world They are reducing their home’s impact on the environment.

Cape Town Partenrship CEO, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana and her family are changing their home to change the world. Through the online challenge, My Green Home, they are reducing their home’s impact on the environment. And you can watch how they do it.   Read More...



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