It’s when I give doom and gloom the beady eye by sharing a selection of the latest feel-good stories that have helped warm the cockles of my increasingly green heart (and which are inspiring me to live a better, greener life).
The rampant escalation of food prices across the country (and the world) has an upside (believe it or not): people are looking closer to home for their primary food sources.
Following last week’s news of the Western Cape’s ‘food security campaign‘, the Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture is similarly encouraging people across the province to “establish gardens, in their backyard and community gardens.”
Apparently, the Eastern Cape has “all the land it need(s) to produce enough food for its citizens and the country”, but the people living there either don’t realise this, or haven’t the skills or resources to do very much about it.
Until now, that is…
“The department has introduced the Green Revolution Strategy which seeks to mobilise people to work in their respective lands in order to produce basic food…”
And, importantly, they have a plan:
“Underpinning the strategy is the Department’s Six-Peg Policy framework that aims to fence arable and grazing land, provide dipping tanks and dipping material, stock dams and tractors.”
It’s worked in our Mother City townships, and urban farming is a growing phenomenon all over the world. Not only does small-scale farming provide a sustainable source of food, but very often brings a community together. And moving away from dependence on chain-store retailers is always good in my green book.
I reckon we might just get this right…
‘Green Building Council SA soon opening for membership‘
Increasingly, these days, individuals and companies are choosing to ‘green’ their buildings. Whether it’s simply because they want to go off the grid and be independent of our sometimes unreliable electricity supply (and the cost it incurs), or because they are concerned about the environmental impact of new buildings, ever greener options are being explored.
This is a good thing, of course, and is likely to be helped along nicely by the recent formation of the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA). The GBCSA is a “non-profit organisation formed to drive the adoption of green building in the SA property industry.”
“The Council’s aims include developing a green building rating system, providing educational courses, and developing a resource centre with case studies and information on green building.”
The more people who’re committed to building environmentally-friendly structures, the more environmentally-friendly structures we’re likely to get – or so my optimistic reasoning goes…
And, in other good green news:
- ‘Africa set to develop a unique green conscience‘ – plans announced for the introduction of an “Africa Green” channel to raise global environmental awareness (tonight.co.za)
- ‘South Africa: Limpopo Lodge Goes 100 Percent ‘Green’ – a Soutpansberg-based eco-tourism lodge has gone off the grid, running entirely on ‘alternative, renewable and sustainable energy’. (allafrica.com)
- ”Billion Tree Campaign’ Blossoms to Seven Times Its Size‘ – The one billion tree campaign just upped the ante, raising its planting target from one billion trees to seven billion trees. (allafrica.com)