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Trees to Humans – Get out of Pioneer Phase or Get Out!

By |2019-10-21T09:47:07+00:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Celebrating Sustainability|Tags: , , , |

Since the dawn of human consciousness we have identified with charismatic life forms.  Landmark trees are appreciated for the special spaces they create. But also for being a personal bridge between historical and human times scales. Ancient human communities adopted animal totems to encourage, in themselves, the values they  A secretary bird & king protea [...]

Climate Strike – Youth Pushing for System Change

By |2019-10-02T07:30:46+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

“You will die of old age! We will Die of Climate Change!  Screamed a banner at the Climate Strike march in Cape Town on 20 September.  For young people, especially in parts of the `developing’ world, weather disasters are already claiming their lives or their future.  Their aggressively worded posters at the Climate Strike sent an [...]

Cape Town Drought has lessons for Climate Change

By |2019-10-02T08:04:00+00:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: Celebrating Sustainability, Water Wise|Tags: , , , |

There are clear parallels between Cape Town’s Drought crisis and the Climate Change crisis. YES! We can is the biggest positive message from the drought for Climate Action. But we need to act now!!  Calls for behavioural, regulatory and technology changes to reduce GHG emissions are ramping up as we experience the highest global temperatures and [...]

Dr Seuss style poem a satire of Climate Inaction

By |2019-09-15T11:04:16+00:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

British comedian ,Marcus Brigstocke, wrote a poem after the 2009 COP in Copenhagen in the style of the late Dr Seuss.  He appeals for Climate Action in a way that is full of satire.  Here we are 10 years later  and Climate Inaction still dominates decision-making. "I think if we all find one thing we agree [...]

GAIA Lifestyle Calculator. Are you Cool?

By |2019-09-16T19:47:57+00:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: Earth Cool Consumer|Tags: , , , , , |

That human well-being is derived from the well-being of our Planet is an essential truth.  Our lifestyles have significant or small impacts on the environment depending on our choices. When we think about it, many of the eco-friendly choices we can make are not even onerous.  It is time to replace an old habit with an eco–friendly one.  [...]

Climate Science: Don’t die talking. Start Walking

By |2019-09-15T11:07:30+00:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

There are climate science denialists with business as usual agendas. Then there are climate scientists and a range of people fascinated by science and mathematical modelling who are questioning the IPCC’s science and predictions. For me these challenges are reminders that – as clever as we are – we can’t attain mathematical certainty. To believe that we [...]

What makes up a fair residential SSEG tariff?

By |2019-09-06T06:09:47+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency & Tariffs, Featured|Tags: , , , , |

Renewable Energy is the future and SSEG in urban areas has an important role to play.  So, how to find a win-win that protects municipal revenue while ensuring an attractive business case to keep residential rooftop PV grid tied? The knee jerk response of ESKOM and several local authorities to reduced electricity sales is to increase [...]

EVs Too much Ego not enough Eco

By |2019-06-24T11:38:24+00:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Earth Cool Consumer, Featured|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

EVs or Electric vehicles are the new mobility aspiration. Owning a Tesla model, in the words of a German auto enthusiast, is almost a religious experience.  Tesla and many of the EVs from upmarket car manufactures such as BMW, Daimler, Audi and Co are marketing models that promise to meet the traditional expectations of classy, fast [...]

Mother’s day reflections- the future of our children and the Earth

By |2019-08-23T08:30:16+00:00May 12th, 2019|Categories: Celebrating Sustainability, Featured|Tags: , , , , |

Today on Mother’s Day in Cape Town, a sunny autumn day full of birdsong and late harvest vegetables waiting to be picked, my thoughts are drawn to the Mother of all – Mother Nature. What future awaits my children, nurtured to the best of my ability on a Planet compromised by human demands? We are part [...]