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5 days, 15 kgs and 80 kms

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I recently did an epic hike through the Fish River Canyon in Southern Namibia, the second biggest canyon in the world. I had to carry everything I needed for the five days that it would take to walk the 80 km trail. Although I tried really hard to pack light, my backpack weighed a hefty 15 kilos. But the realisation that I could actually survive on what I can carry on my own back for almost a week was profound. It made me realise how much ‘stuff’ I have back home and I’m hoping this experience will give me the push that I need to start trimming down my cluttered life. Continue reading

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Local school leads the way in sustainability

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The 9th of April is Family Day, so this month our theme here at Project 90 will focus around the family, giving you ideas and tips to cut carbon at home and start living a greener lifestyle. Our first story for the month is about an amazing school in Kommetjie. Sasha Wainwright, our Programme Administrator, is also a qualified pre- school teacher. She has always dreamt of a school that is holistic in its approach and has a healthy environment, teaches young people to love the earth we live on and create a space of integrity for our earth and all its creatures. She recently visited Imhoff Waldorf School in Kommetjie and foundit inspirational. Using the re-use, recycle approach, this school is an example to us all of how we really can make a difference in the world on so many levels. Continue reading

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Unexpected Life in the Khayelitsha Wetlands

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Taryn Pereira from the Environmental Monitoring Group and local residents are doing some amazing work rejuvenating the wetlands in Khayelitsha. Wetlands are an important part of our ecosystems, supporting many plant and animal species, cleansing water and preventing floods. Continue reading

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Clean Green

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Using environmentally friendly cleaning products is a good way to protect yourself and the environment from harmful chemicals. There are many great green cleaning products available which our team have tested over the past month. Read about which products we found the best and we also give you some recipes for making your own cleaning products. Please share any of your favourite tried and tested eco-friendly products with us too. Continue reading

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Looking for your next fix?

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Instead of looking for technological fixes to solve climate change we should rather take a look at ourselves and what we really need. Dealing with challenges in the same way that caused them to arise in the first place is only ‘wiping the brow to cure the disease’. Our Behaviour Change Researcher, Stephen Davis, takes a look at these issues and asks the question: what really motivates you and is important to you? Continue reading

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The inconvenience of convenience

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One of our researchers unexpectedly found her block of flats without running water for four days. Fetching water with a bucket made her mindful of how she uses water and realise that she should be taking care of every drop. Here is her story. Have you had a similar event which has made you appreciate what you have? Continue reading

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Let us not go quietly into a bleak future

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Don’t worry everyone, Shell has assured us that fracking is harmless. The frack fluids are just like a hand lotion or gel. The fracking process does not cause pollution. No, it is the improperly encasing of wells that causes the pollution.
Oh, and nothing will go wrong – there will be no contamination. Unless something goes wrong. Which it won’t. Continue reading