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Upcoming Event: Red Hill Bicycle Challenge

2 November 2011

The Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is an organization that imports and distributes second-hand bikes to low-income areas, and is committed to providing people with a low-carbon and sustainable form of transport.

Based predominantly in the Western Cape, BEN will be hosting their annual Red Hill Challenge this Saturday, to raise funds for the organisation, and to continue to promote the bicycle as a way to address poverty and mobility.

To find out more about this event, visit the BEN website.

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Trailer: Banff Mountain Film Festival

2 November 2011

The Banff Mountain Festival is still screening two more shows before the end of the week at cinemas in Pretoria, Joburg and Cape Town, so there is still a chance to take in nine epic short films on mountain sports.

Here’s just a short trailer that gives an indication of the scale and size of nature filmed in various parts of the world, and the adrenaline-addicted people who regularly, and bravely, take it on.

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Movember: Rhino Africa Raising Funds for Conservation

1 November 2011

Every year in November, men all over the world take pride in growing their facial hair to raise funds for cancer awareness.

This year, the Rhino Africa team is taking this annual campaign a bit further, by growing moustaches not only to raise funds for Movember, but also to contribute to the Wildlife ACT fund, which is actively involved in rhino conservation.

To sponsor one of the team members, and contribute to the cause, visit the Given Gain link and use the word “Movember”.

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First Light: The Story of a Rural Solar Project

1 November 2011

Greenpeace Africa is currently running a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of switching to solar as an effective and renewable energy source.

The Project 90 x 2030 initiative below also demonstrates how switching to solar is definitely a viable option, and is capable of changing the lives of millions of South Africans.

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IUCN Campaign: Destruction of Endangered Species

31 October 2011

With the world population estimated to reach a staggering 7 billion today, it is more imperative than ever to consider our impact on the environment, especially when it comes to already endangered species.

Our industrial growth has a direct impact on other species, including the very fragile global frog population, which is addressed in the IUCN campaign below.

Source: Trendhunter

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World Population Estimated to Reach 7 Billion Today

31 October 2011

According to global estimates, the world population has reached 7 billion people today- which brings into question our increasing ecological impact.

We’ve featured this video on our blog before, but thought it would be appropriate to share it again, and consider how our growing world population is going to affect our natural environment.

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Buy a Leaf: Pledge Your Support for Climate Action

30 October 2011

Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA) is currently running a campaign to gain support for climate action, as climate change is going to affect all of us if we don’t come up with ways to deal with it.

By buying a virtual leaf on their Pledge Tree, you can express your thoughts, and contribute to climate action, as for every ten pledges made FTFA will plant an actual tree.

For more information, and to make a pledge, visit the FTFA website.

Image Source: FTFA

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Framed: Experiencing Nature Through A Different Lens

30 October 2011

In this short film, which was shot entirely on an iPhone 4S, a photographer gets to look at life through a different lens.

This kind of experience is perhaps only possible when we make an effort to spend time in nature, and escape from the urban stress that sometimes limits our perspective.

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Understanding Our Ecological Footprint: Living Planet Report

29 October 2011

It’s no secret that the world is undergoing massive change, mainly due to the fact that our global population continues to expand, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment.

The Living Planet Report by WWF addresses this issue by providing an interactive mindmap of exactly what the current environmental challenges are, and how we can create solutions to solve them.

To view the mindmap, visit this link.

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Life Underwater: Taking A Dive

29 October 2011

Humans have managed to develop ways to spend time underwater, but at the end of the day it’s still a place that we are unadapted to be in for long periods of time.

Maybe this is the reason why being underwater is so special, that with a snorkel and goggles we are able to experience a different part of the earth, for even just a short dive below the surface.

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Coke Creates White Can for Polar Bear Conservation

28 October 2011

Polar bears are one of the most iconic examples of the threat of climate change, with retreating ice causing their populations to shrink, as this limits their ability to hunt seals.

But polar bears have also been an part of Coke’s international branding for a while now, most notably in their winter themed Arctic advertisements.

So in order to protect the species that forms such a big part of their brand, Coca Cola is releasing a limited edition white can in November, to help raise money for their Polar Bear Support Fund.

Source: The Huffington Post

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COP17 Climate Change Train Departs Today

28 October 2011

COP17 is almost exactly a month away, which means that organisations all over the country are busying themselves preparing for this significant global event.

Cape Town civil society in particular is gearing up for the event with a nationwide train journey, organised by Indalo Yethu, the South African Environmental Agency in collaboration with the British Council and COPART, and departs from Cape Town today.

The Climate Change train journey aims to highlight the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities, while documenting responses, expectations and solutions in the towns along the way.

To find out more about the Climate Change train visit this link.

Source: Green Talent

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Filming Update: Black Rhino Range Expansion Project

27 October 2011

The Green Renaissance team is now in the Limpopo Province, filming the latest wildlife relocation in the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, with 4 out of 20 black rhino moved successfully from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo.

Unfortunately a male rhino died on the second transportation due to complications, which reminds us how difficult it is to relocate a wild animal.

However, despite this loss, the project is still going to be a success, and one that we will keep you updated on- so watch this space.

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The Power of Water in Slow Motion

27 October 2011

The force of the ocean is something that humans can never really harness or control- even putting up concrete barriers can’t stop its relentless force.

So when surfers willingly submit themselves to the mercy of the powerful waves, they take a great risk, but also get to experience an unparalleled connection with nature.

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Upcoming Event: Banff Mountain Film Festival

26 October 2011

Every year, the Canadian-based Banff Mountain Film Festival screens a selection of outdoor/adventure sport short films, carefully chosen from submissions from all over the world.

The festival includes 9 short films, and will be screened at Ster Kinekor cinemas from Friday 28 October to 3 November in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

If you’re looking for a vicarious adrenaline rush, or just to appreciate a hardcore side of nature and humanity, be sure to attend one of the screenings.

For more information, and to view the film schedule, visit the local Banff website.

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Saving a Life: Biker Rescues Calf from Drowning

26 October 2011

On Monday, a video was uploaded about a biker who was driving through the Gauteng countryside came across a stranded calf in a concrete irrigation aqueduct.

Instead of leaving it up to fate to decide, the biker stopped and managed to rescue the struggling and exhausted calf, and return it to his herd.

This incident is a heartwarming story of man saving an animal’s life, but also brings into question the safety of irrigation infrastructure, and how it should be designed so that no further animals are trapped.

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3 Things: Small Ways to Change The World

25 October 2011

Sometimes making a difference can be an accumulation of small things, a few minor changes that can add up to make a big difference.

3 Things, an Oxfam Australia social upliftment project, aims to create social change by encouraging people to do just three things- whether it’s buying organic food or Fair Trade, or just a random act of kindness.

The project also aims to encourage people to share their 3 Things, which you can view on the website.

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Coldplay Releases Music Video Filmed in SA

25 October 2011

The band Coldplay recently toured South Africa, and filmed a music video while they were here too- with familiar scenery mostly from the Western Cape.

The video has only been up for a week, and already has over 4 million views, an encouraging sign that people all over the world have had a chance to see the naturally beautiful “paradise” that we often take for granted in South Africa.

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COP17 Countdown: Climate Smart Cape Town

24 October 2011

It’s exactly five weeks to go until COP17 begins in Durban, and local organizations are preparing themselves for two weeks of discussions.

To read more visit this link.

This stall is just one example of the many stands that are going to be presented at this significant global conference, but this raises an important question- how many other organisations are sharing their plans for this event?

Image Source: Climate Smart Cape Town

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To Skin A Cat: Latest Trailer

24 October 2011

We’ve featured this important film on our blog before, but it’s now come to the point where your help is needed to make the rest of it happen.

To Skin A Cat is a film that addresses the issue of hunting leopards illegally for their pelts, which are an important part of traditional and ceremonial garments.

The team has worked hard to introduce an imitation leopard skin that can be used instead, but still needs further funding to finish the film and raise awareness about this important conservation issue.

To learn more about this film, visit the website.

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