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visit the earth fair market in tokai

Submitted by sproutingforth on Fri, 2009-10-30 13:26

For those of you in search of something new that is not only set to be equally as good as the Biscuit Mill's Neighbourgoods Market, but also emphasises the local, artisan and sustainability aspect of food, head off to the Earth Fair market in Tokai.

Earth Fair is also an indoor market. It lies in the South Palms (for those of you to whom this means nothing, it's actually in the same area as Builders Warehouse in Main Road, although behind Bathroom Bizarre). There is plenty of parking, for a start, and there are activities for kids, which for many living in Tokai is something of a godsend on a Saturday morning.

350 in pictures

Submitted by sproutingforth on Mon, 2009-10-26 09:22

350 in Cape Town350 in Cape TownOn Saturday 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history. At over 5 200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.

We were part of the Cape Town group who joined with religious leaders to march from the steps of Parliament to Gardens. It was simply awesome!

3000 km bike ride around south africa for climate challenge 2009

Submitted by Ahmed on Tue, 2009-10-13 11:40

The reality is that at the rate we are going with carbon emissions, particularly in this country, we are doomed to destruction unless some sort of action is taken.

In South Africa the average person is probably aware of 'global warming', but doesn’t really care to do anything about it (why bother until it affects him directly, adversely?).

This is why Rob Zipplies, well-known sustainability expert and editor of Bending the Curve, in partnership with Project 90 by 2030 will journey 3000 km on an electric bicycle to raise awareness ahead of the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Rob’s Climate Challenge 2009 journey will start in Cape Town and end in Durban, via Johannesburg and Pretoria. Along the way, he'll give

world egg day under the spotlight - sign a petition

Submitted by sproutingforth on Thu, 2009-10-08 10:39

Demo at UCT campus on Friday 9 OctDemo at UCT campus on Friday 9 OctIt was only a few hours after we posted this story yesterday that Woolworths sent out the following sms – I'm sure you received it too:

    ”Celebrate World Egg Day with eggstra-special savings on Woolworths large free range eggs. Buy 12, get 6 free until 25 Oct.”

This morning we received a further press release from Compassion in World Farming SA (read on to sign their petitions), to let us know they are staging a demonstration this Friday, World Egg Day, at Jameson Plaza, UCT Main Campus between 12.30 -1.30pm.

“Women dressed in egg-yolk yellow swimsuits will spend their lunch hour inside cages, holding egg shaped placards, calling for an end to battery eggs in SA.

50% of eggs in the UK are currently free range, and in 2012 EU legislation will ban battery cages for egg laying hens, meanwhile....only 3% of eggs in South Africa are free range.  Why is this? 

kevin factor: painting the town green

Submitted by girlsprout on Fri, 2009-09-25 13:06

the exhibitionthe exhibitionToday is the last opportunity you have to check out the superb Kevin Factor: Painting the Town Green exhibition at Studio Bela in Morningside. Factor is a self-taught artist and photographer with a passion for all things green, and his art showcases the beauty to be found not only in natural settings, but also in the sprawling cityscapes of South Africa. The exhibition boasts vast canvases flaunting the skylines of Johannesburg and Cape Town set against vibrant, ethereal skies; bizarrely beautiful organic close-ups; and rambling snapshots capturing exquisite natural scenes.

The opening night of the exhibition was hosted by local celeb Dali Tambo, who is on the board of directors of the eco-friendly social enterprise, Food and Trees for Africa. A silent auction of one of Factor’s lovely framed canvases was held on the evening, with proceeds going to this fantastic organisation. The event was centred on embracing a more sustainable lifestyle, with Factor himself sharing a little about his everyday life in an off-the-grid community just outside of Knysna. I found it truly inspiring to learn that his expansive canvases are printed using solar power!

The exhibition itself spills informally...

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fair trade coffee hour: coffee.break.fair

Submitted by turbosprout on Thu, 2009-09-24 10:43

South Africa is joining a worldwide German-led initiative to drink as many mugs of fair trade coffee as possible this Friday 25 September betw 10am and 11am.

The German event, entitled "Kaffee.Pause.Fair.”, coincides with the national "Coffee Day" of the German Association of Coffee and aims to "seize" the day for the Fair Trade movement. If you look at the number of events planned around Germany you will see that it is indeed being seized! The aim is for 100 000 cups of fair trade coffee to be drunk around the world in one hour.

Here in Cape Town local fair trade organisation, Fair Trade SA, is organising an event at Quensh organic eatery in Observatory for coffee aficionados and fair trade fans to gather, network, get more info on the fair trade movement, and of course drink coffee. They have around 30 people confirmed so far, and Quensh probably doesn't have space for many more, but you could always phone ahead to check or pop in anyway and enjoy your cuppa on the pavement. (from 10 to 11, Quensh Organic Deli, 42 Lower Main Road, Observatory - 021 447 0714)

African fair trade coffee is supplied by Bean There Fair Trade Coffee who have a roastery...

change your facebook profile pic – join the not stupid campaign

Submitted by sproutingforth on Wed, 2009-09-09 10:59

Change your Facebook profile pic to Pete Postlethwaite for the Age of Stupid global premiere in New York on 21/22 September. Why, because we're NOT stupid. Here's a list of 'not stupid' actions you can do on Facebook too.

If you've seen the movie (it screened at the Encounters documentary festival), or read our review on the Age of Stupid , or even if you haven't, join the cause to change your face to Pete's for a fortnight. The idea is that if we all change our faces in solidarity, and in large numbers, that there will be a ripple of Pete's faces across Facebook, which will force people to pick up on the climate buzz ahead of Copenhagen.

Humanity has only a couple of years left to act if we are to going to stop catastrophic climate change causing the deaths of hundereds of millions of people. And for those who are not yet self-confessed 'climate change bores', well, everyone in the world needs to reduce their carbon footprint.

awakening the dreamer

Submitted by girlsprout on Thu, 2009-08-20 11:04

I went into Awakening the Dreamer completely blind. Which, I suppose, is a good thing, considering the point of the half-day symposium is to ‘unblind’ and create awareness. I’d received an email recommending the workshop, which is an initiative of The Pachamama Alliance (a non-profit organisation based in the States), but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a course aiming to “change the dream of the modern world”.

Upon arrival I realised that I wasn’t the only newbie attending, as the symposium was one of the first of its kind to be held in South Africa. After milling around the coffee table for a while, we were ushered into a cosy conference venue, where we were greeted by our facilitator, Tracy-Kim.

She explained that the aim of the Awakening the Dreamer initiative is to “bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet”. I found this approach to the many problems facing us today to be particularly refreshing, as it acknowledges that environmental, social and spiritual issues are all intrinsically linked and should be treated as such.

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free tickets to the natural and organic exhibition

Submitted by Ahmed on Tue, 2009-06-23 15:43

It's Joburg's turn again to host the Natural and Organic Product Exhibition this year and urban sprout is giving away 10 double tickets to one of our favourite events which takes place on this weekend (26-28 June 2009) at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg.

As usual (they're now in their sixth year) the exhibition provides the widest range of natural and organic products, sustainable technologies, services, information and practical advice under one roof.

Climate change, global food, energy and economic crisis have put an even bigger spotlight on the need for sustainable economic solutions and environmentally conscious lifestyle practises.

If you would like to be entered into a random draw for a ticket, email “yes please!” to by midday tomorrow - Wednesday, the 24th.

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noah of cape town ready to flood our minds (& hearts)

Submitted by Ahmed on Mon, 2009-06-22 11:51

Opening on the 9th of July at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town is South Africa’s first full-length, original a cappella musical - Noah of Cape Town.

The musical is an intuitive look into a future where Cape Town, like every other city in the world, is suffering from the effects of global warming, environmental disasters, fuel shortages, war and corruption. There is also an oppressive government struggling to maintain control, that tolerates little or no opposition, as desperate people do whatever it takes to obtain food and water...

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