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GOOD GREEN NEWS: 2009
- 24.06.09 – Environ courts in early 2010. Specialised courts to deal specifically with environmental crimes will come into effect early in 2010, says the SA Ministry of Water and Environmental Affairs.
- 22.06.09 – Obama calls Americans to community gardening. The US president’s new United We Serve campaign has a toolkit for volunteering in community gardens.
- 22.06.09 – ‘Sonjica points way for department‘Greening townships, environmental impact management, air quality and public education are to be among Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica’s priorities.
- 16.06.09 – African projects win green energy awards. Last week the UK-based Ashden Awards gave prizes to two African energy projects that are inspiring examples of how local sustainable energy can make a difference.
- 16.06.09 – Rwanda’s president signs plastics Bill into law. Last week, President Paul Kagame, finally signed and endorsed in the National Gazette the law which limits the manufacture, usage, importation and sale of polythene bags in Rwanda.
- 15.06.09 – Wild Coast forest to be cleared, replanted. A GROUP of Eastern Cape scientists and ecologists have embarked on a project to replant an entire Wild Coast forest with the help of local communities.
- 10.06.09 – San Francisco introduces compulsory composting law. Cementing its status as the greenest city in the US, San Francisco has introduced a compulsory composting law as part of its plan to completely stop sending rubbish to landfills and incinerators by 2020.
- 04.06.09 – China teams up with Singapore to build huge eco city. China and Singapore are pooling expertise and finance to build a green urban community in north-east China, with the capacity for 350,000 people, near the western shore of the Bohai, one of the most polluted seas in the world.
- 04.06.09 – New biosphere reserve for SA. South Africa added a sixth biosphere reserve to its tally when the Vhembe region of Limpopo province became one of 22 newly proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
- 03.06.09 – R100m boost for clean energy investment. The African Development Bank has approved a R100 million investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first specialised private equity fund focused on the acceleration and deployment of clean energy and sustainable technologies across southern Africa.
- 27.05.09 – Cape Town to harness waste gas for power. The City of Cape Town says it is about to sign an agreement with the Central Energy Fund that will enable it to produce income-generating electricity from methane gas in its landfill sites.
- 22.05.09 – Water-neutral scheme achieves results at E Cape pilot project. The World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) and government’s Working for Water (WfW) programme launched a fully quantitative water neutral scheme, and has achieved significant results at the South African Breweries (SAB) pilot project site in the Eastern Cape.
- 22.05.09 – Clinton Foundation Helps Green Buildings Spring Up in South Africa. Two large-scale development projects in Gauteng are part of an international initiative to show that cities can grow in ways that are ‘climate positive’.
- 14.05.09 – SA protects vast ocean area. South Africa has proclaimed a vast new marine protected area, spanning 180 000 square kilometres, around the Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean.
- 10.05.09 – Cape Town’s City Sightseeing Buses Go Green. City Sightseeing Cape Town have become the first coach operator in southern Africa to be recognized for its environmentally responsible business practices.
- 08.05.09. Green building material verification tool launched in SA. Africa’s first Internet-based green-building product-verification tool is launched in Cape Town.
- 07.05.09. CT soccer stadiums go green. The City of Cape Town has approved a R15m “green” project to irrigate 2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums.
- 24.04.09 – Woolworths begins labelling its seafood. Woolworths becomes the first major SA retailer to label its fish in accordance with SASSI’s ‘green, orange, red’ system.
- (date) Cash reward for going green (News 24) “Non-governmental organisations and public-private partnerships will be competing for a R50 000 prize in the 2010 Sustainability Awards, aimed at rewarding partnership projects that conduct business without harming the environment.”
- 21.03.09 – Irish Firm Announces 500 MW Wind Farm Project in South Africa (Green Business Africa)
- 19.03.09 – Is this the world’s first plastic bag billboard? (Bizcommunity) “A total of 2000 plastic bags were collected and woven together by seven self-employed crafters to create a 40m² ‘canvas’ on which Nedbank… could spread a message of commitment to the preservation of the environment.”
- “Charlotte Coetzee bags PnP design competition” (bizcommunity.co.za). A local designer wins a competition to design a new and stylish eco-friendly Pick n Pay bag.
I am an eternal optimist – I admit it.
We hear a lot of bad news, a lot of the time – but I like to think that that’s largely because bad grungy horrible news sells better than the fluffy heart-warming sort, and not necessarily because there’s more bad news than good.
So, back in April of 2008 I started collecting good news stories with a ‘green’ slant, both locally and from around the world – the kind of stories that inspire us, not the ones that make us quake in our boots and wish we could just bury our heads in the sand.
Every week (usually a Thursday), I’d highlight my favourites to remind myself that there’s plenty to be upbeat about, both at home and elsewhere on the planet.
And now, because there have turned out to be far more good news stories than I’d anticipated (oh frabjous day!), and more than I can fit into any one article, I’ve decided to create an archive to house them all.
GOOD NEWS ARCHIVE: 2008