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Copenhagen climate deal - starting point or sham?

© Chris Riddell 2009

Whilst US President Barack Obama is speaking of a "the beginning of a new era of international action" and China says the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen yielded "positive" results, NGO's and scientists are largely shell-shocked.

On track to score green goals in 2010

Last week South African host cities and organisers launched the national Green Goal 2010 programme and logo. They have pledged to make the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ a 'green event' by supporting those initiatives that promote environmental responsibility in the areas of waste minimisation, emissions reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and the promotion of public transport.

Fifa World Cup Final Draw – go armed with a 'green' vuvu

When one first takes a look at the amazing designs by graphic designer, Adam Carnegie, of vuvus made from kelp, the initial reaction is a double-take. In the first place, what an obvious marriage – kelp by its very nature lends itself to morphing into the shape of a horn of some kind - and secondly, the designs turn, what is to some simply an annoyance, into an art form.

Toadlets on the move

Western leopard toad at Zandvlei

The Western Leopard Toad, with it's cute markings and annual excursions, gets its fair share of publicity around breeding time between late July and mid September. At this time, large scale efforts by volunteer groups, conservationists and scientists alike are employed to protect these migrants, as they cross roads moving from urban gardens to local ponds and rivers where they breed.

New Biodiversity Showcase Garden in Green Point Park

Green Point Park

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ just around the corner, the City has been hard at work implementing a variety of greening initiatives that aim to make the event one of the greenest in the world. The latest project in the ‘Green Goal Programme’ is the construction of the Biodiversity Showcase Garden within the newly developed Green Point Park.

Print map launched today!

Today is the launch of the print version of the Cape Town Green Map - a user-friendly, handy guide that makes green choices both accessible and meaningful.

The print map is a fresh take on the Mother city's natural environment, reminding visitors and residents to live, work and play responsibly in order to reduce human impact on our fragile ecosystems.

Kumi Naidoo takes the reigns of Greenpeace

Kumi Naidoo, a South African, is the new Executive Director for Greenpeace. He grew up here, studied in Britain, was one of the founders of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, and led the Global Campaign for Climate Action.

Cape Town: the best responsible tourist destination

The City of Cape Town has recently won the “Best Destination” award at the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. The ceremony, which took place on World Responsible Tourism Day and was held at the World Travel Market in London, aims to recognize all types of tourism, from mainstream to niche, that operates in a way that benefits both the destination and the local people.

 

Bicycle path provides safe and green alternative to R27

A new and safer alternative for cyclists on the R27 has been constructed by the City of Cape Town. This new cycle path stretches between Paarden Eiland and Milnerton, and follows smaller and quieter roads safe from heavy congestion.

New campaign considering children's view on climate change

When discussing climate change, or any other important issue, it feels as though we sometimes overlook the views of children. Maybe it is because we think that they are still too young, and that their opinions don’t matter. They do. They are the ones that will deal with the destruction our generations have wreaked on this planet. This is why the Consider Us campaign was launched here in Africa.

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