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Rhino Day Inspiration: Ian Player’s Legacy

22 September 2011

As today is World Rhino Day, we thought it would be appropriate to look to our national conservation history for some inspiration, most notably to the work of Dr. Ian Player, who has been extremely involved in the protection of the white rhino.

Player was the initiator of a project called “Operation Rhino”, and established anti-poaching networks in South Africa. He was also instrumental in setting up wilderness areas in iMfolozi and St. Lucia, which have been integral to the protection of the species.

Source: Ian Player website

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282 Crosses: It’s Time to Take a Stand

22 September 2011

Yesterday evening, Green Renaissance make a public statement by placing 282 crosses on the lawns of the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town- in protest against the senseless killings of rhinos in South Africa.

It’s one thing to see 282 crosses on a piece of paper, and on on your computer screen, but physically putting together 282 wooden crosses makes you realize the heartbreaking extent of this crisis- something that people all over the world will be taking a stand against today on World Rhino Day.

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Infographic: Rhino Poaching Crisis in Perspective

21 September 2011

This infographic, created by Earth Touch, neatly sums up some of the facts and figures associated with the devastating rhino poaching crisis.

Don’t forget to show your support for rhino conservation by attending a World Rhino Day event near you tomorrow.

If you are in Cape Town, rhino conservation supporters will be meeting outside the Louis Botha statue outside Parliament from 11:30 to 13:00.

Source: The Infographics Showcase

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Buy a Bag to Help Save Rhinos

21 September 2011

Tomorrow is World Rhino Day, which means that all over the globe people will be taking a stand against the devastating scourge of rhino poaching worldwide.

To show our support for the cause, Green Renaissance has created the film below, in partnership with Woolworths, The Endangered Wildlife Trust, My Planet and WWF, to remind us how important it is to preserve our natural heritage.

The film follows the story of Magrieta, the manager of Isikhwama, as she sees a rhino for the first time, and her subsequent encouragement for everyone to buy one of the rhino bags she was involved in producing from Woolworths stores, to support conservation efforts.

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Making a Move for the Planet

20 September 2011

It’s no secret that the planet is in crisis, with environmental degradation, economic downturn and the consistent threat of climate change.

However, not all is lost, especially when there are people wanting to make a positive change, by taking part in the Moving Planet global event on Saturday for example- one that encourages everyone to voice their support for a sustainable future.

Visit the website to find out more about this event, or to start your own, and if you’re in the Cape Town area visit the Moving Planet Cape Town Facebook page.

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The Social Importance of Public Transport

20 September 2011

For Leon Warner, being a London bus driver is not just about transport, but also an appreciated opportunity to connect with the people around him.

In an effort to improve the sustainability of public transport, London city buses have now been equipped with hybrid technology, to ensure that the famous red buses are green as possible too.

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Gifting Trees for Heritage Day

19 September 2011

This week is going to be a busy one, with World Rhino Day on Thursday 22 September, and Heritage Day on Saturday 24 September.

There are going to be many local organisations involved in various activitations, campaigns and activities this week, which we will keep you updated with on our Facebook page.

If you’re eager to get your hards dirty, or contribute to something green in particular though, volunteer or gift a tree for Greenpop‘s Day of 1000 Trees taking place on Saturday.

Photos: Greenpop

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Nature Up Close: Whale Watching

19 September 2011

If you’re in the Cape Town area, you’ve no doubt been hearing about recent whale sightings along the Cape Peninsula.

Returning to these shores every year to take advantage of the warmer waters to breed, it’s often easy to see these majestic mammals from the shore, but not always up close.

Unless you happen to be in the ocean at the right time, and get the opportunity to share the water with one of them, like this SUP paddler did a few weeks ago in Blouberg.

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Endangered Species Countdown

18 September 2011

This agency campaign creates a sense of urgency when it comes to preserving endangered species- in this case the threatened mountain gorilla.

The tag line states that every 60 seconds a species dies out, which doesn’t leave us much time to make a difference.

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Taking Steps Back In Time

18 September 2011

This 48 hour film project, called One Step Forward, traces a character’s step back to where they started, giving a different perspective to the build up of events that got him there.

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Taking the Trojan Concept to T-Shirts

17 September 2011

When Exit Deutschland handed out t-shirts at an extremist right wing political rally in Germany recently, no one suspected that things weren’t as they seemed.

But when t-shirt recipients washed their t-shirts, a different message was revealed- that advertised an organisation that helps to get people out of extremist organizations.

This project was specifically political in nature, but could this kind of trojan t-shirt campaign have the same success if applied to an environmental campaign?

Source: The Daily What

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Zero Gravity: Experiencing Free Fall

17 September 2011

If you’ve ever had the urge to BASE jump, but are too scared to take the plunge, literally, this video should give you an idea of the insane weightlessness and inertia that comes from free falling.

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Global Travel on Cooking Oil

16 September 2011

Wouldn’t it be great if we could rely on waste products to fuel our cars?

Andy Pag from Biotruck thinks so, which is why he rescued a beaten-up truck and converted it into a biofuel vehicle that runs on used cooking oil, which he used to travel across the globe raising awareness about sustainable fuel sources.

To read more about the truck, and his adventures in various countries around the world, visit the Biotruck blog.

Source: Do the Green Thing

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Watching the Process of Street Art

16 September 2011

Street art is prevalent on walls all over the world, and has the ability to convey a strong message to the public passing by.

Artists like Banksy are well known for subversive street art, but other artists like Pol Corona in Buenos Aires also have the power to effect change in drab urban spaces.

Source: Matador Network

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Environmental Art: Creating Beauty from Waste

15 September 2011

Using a process called “acrylic mosaic fusion”, artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold uses paper waste to create portraits, which she glues together using only water-based and non-toxic materials.

A great example of upcycling, this art reminds us how reams of paper often end up in the bin, but also that the waste we discard can also be used in a positive and uplifting way.

Source: Mother Nature Network

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When Nature Doesn’t Play Along

15 September 2011

As filmmakers, the Green Renaissance team is often faced with obstacles when filming- issues like unfavourable weather and problematic logistics.

In this webisode, the filmmaking crew of the snowboarding/skiing movie Solitaire is also faced with similar problems, a reminder that nature plays to it’s own rules, and that our human perception of control is often an illusion.

Source: Matador Network

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Life Cycles: Using Reverse Graffiti for “Organic” Advertising

14 September 2011

Instead of using conventional methods to advertise films, Sinamatella Productions has always used social media and other below the line methods to get their message out there.

So when they wanted to spread the word about the Life Cycles film tour, they got Durban-based reverse graffiti team Dutch Ink to stencil their logo around the city, incorporating a ticket giveaway as part of their “organic billboard” campaign.

Source: Between 10 and 5

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Filmic Wanderlust: A Journey Through Vietnam

14 September 2011

As winter slowly draws to a close in South Africa, and we anticipate the warmer weather, it’s exciting to see the summer experiences that others have had in the opposite hemisphere.

This film is a collection of personal clips that will inspire wanderlust and appreciation for the summertime- a time of the year when nature is most appreciated, all over the world.

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Using Technology to Engage with the Environment

13 September 2011

Phone and text applications are plentiful, from the inane to the extremely useful. With regards to environmental applications in particular, a recent phone project development by Amphibious Architecture allows for city citizens to keep tabs on their environment.

Using sensors to monitor the water in nearby urban rivers, New York City residents can track the status and health of their city waterways through text updates, creating an interest in the environment and the fish stocks that populate urban rivers.

Source: Trendhunter

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The Future of Whales?

13 September 2011

A short film that raises a very real concern with the future of whales, and the state of our oceans in general.

Is nature’s largest and most majestic mammal fated to be an exhibit, like the long extinct dinosaurs?

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