Category Archives: Transport

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Getaway or Stayaround?

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Keeping with our April family theme we’ve been chatting about local family holidays. Robert took a trip to a nearby holiday resort with his family, proving that we don’t need to have a high carbon holiday to have fun. We also include an analysis on the different travel options available to get from Cape Town to JHB and Durban, looking at time, cost and CO2 emissions. If you know of a great local holiday destination, please share it with us! Continue reading

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A dummies guide to biodiesel

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February is the month of love, so today we are loving alternative energy and take a look at biodiesel. What is it? What are the advantages? What are the issues that are being debated around it? And if you’re feeling adventurous, we show you how to make your own biodiesel! What are your feelings on the ‘food versus fuel’ debate? Do you think biofuels can play an important role in cutting our global carbon emissions, or is yet another way for large corporations to trash the planet in the name of being green? Continue reading

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Bike + Train = great commute

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Have you ever heard of a folding bicycle? This fantastic invention makes cycling and getting around so easy – you can take your bike on the train, pop it in the boot of a car, or carry it on your shoulder! Glen recently got one for himself and tells us about the new addtion to his bicycle family. (He is now the proud owner of no less than 4 bikes!) Do you have a different or interesting commute to work? Continue reading

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From MyCiti to the airport…

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Glen Tyler, our Campaigns Manager, took the recently launched My Citi Bus service to Cape Town International Airport. He tells us about his experience which he found was a reliable and safe option. Continue reading

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Behaviour Change

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With the upcoming elections just around the corner, Stephen Davis, our behaviour change researcher, talks about why it is important to ensure that our leaders are accountable, and that includes making a commitment to being accountable ourselves.
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From rubbish tip to something hip

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I came across a small furniture shop called Recreate in Woodstock the other day, created and owned by Katie Thompson. She started her business just over 2 years ago and it has grown from strength to strength. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of shops in Cape Town all selling furniture, but what makes Katie’s business stand out is that all the items in her shop were previously something different, something completely different!

Taking reusing and recycling to a new level, Katie takes dicarded items from the rubbish dump, tip or dustbins and transforms them into something wonderfully original and useful. Continue reading

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Your chance to input into SA’s climate change strategy

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The Government has drafted a Climate Change Green Paper which presents their vision for sustainable development and a transition to a low carbon economy and society for South Africa.

The Green Paper is open for public comment and it is vital that organisations, civil society groups and the public urge government to make this document as strong and robust as possible. All you need to do is send an email with your comments by 11 Feb. To make it easy, we’ve listed a few points that you may like to use.

We need to send a strong message to Government that SA needs to start reducing our carbon emissions as soon as possible and that we are all going to do our bit to ensure that this happens.

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