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Public Engagement: Outdoor Campaigns

25 September 2011

When the Green Renaissance went to put up 282 crosses along the Sea Point promenade last week, we had no idea how much positive public response we would receive.

Judging by the comments on Facebook and Twitter though, it is clear that these kind of outdoor campaigns resonate with people, and is an effective way of drawing attention to a cause.

With an eye on other successful outdoor campaigns like flashmobs, here is an Italian flashmob video that shows just one example of how an environmental message can be expressed in the public sphere.

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Life in a Miniature Forest

25 September 2011

It’s amazing how many beautiful and precious aspects of nature are overlooked, especially when we’re more concerned with seeing the bigger picture.

It’s often through the eyes of a child though that we sometimes see what we have been missing, and that life, in all its forms, can be preserved on even the smallest scale.

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Adding Some Colour to our Heritage

24 September 2011

In an outdoor campaign for Heritage Day, Virgin Active decorated one of Cape Town’s most iconic statues with some appropriately themed leg warmers.

It’s interesting to see the juxtaposition of contemporary South African culture with aspects of the past- something that reminds us of the very diverse nature of our heritage.

Source: Cherry Flava

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Moving Planet: One Goal

24 September 2011

Today, on Heritage Day, people all over the world will be joining together to act in solidarity against climate change and the continuous use of fossil fuels.

This short video below highlights the message of the global campaign, which happens to fall on a significant day on our local calendar.

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Karoo Fracking Chronicles Screening

23 September 2011

This Sunday 25 September, two of our short fracking films will be screened at the Exploring Consciousness movie festival at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town at 6pm.

Antoinette Pienaar, one of the characters from “I Will Die for Water” and Oom Johannes from “Tampering with the Earth’s Breathe” will be at the screening of The Shaman’s Apprentice, which will be shown after our two films.

For more information visit the festival’s website: www.exploringconsciousness.org.za

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282 Crosses: The Video

23 September 2011

On Wednesday evening the Green Renaissance team put up 282 white crosses on Sea Point promenade to raise awareness about the plight of rhinos- and we’ve been blown away by the response.

Our Twitter feed and Facebook page is proof of an overwhelming response to World Rhino Day and this outdoor initiative, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support, and for spreading the word.

In case you missed it, here is the video that we made of the campaign below:

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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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