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life should not be a gas

Submitted by JimmySprout on Tue, 2011-11-15 12:43

GASLAND screening tonightGASLAND screening tonight

Cafe Ganesh and Exploding Cinema will be kicking off a new season of documentary films this Wednesday with a special don't frack with our Karoo screening of the award-winning documovie, Gasland. The Screening is on Wednesday, 16 November at 8:30pm and entrance is free!

With the entire Karoo being faced with fracking leases (yes, the proposed area is almost 15% of South Africa's entire land-mass!), this documovie is now particularaly relevant to all South Africans!

Read some more...

"GASLAND - (2010) Directed by Josh Fox.
Winner of Special Jury Prize - Best US Documentary Feature - Sundance 2010.
Screening at Cannes 2010.

south african fairtrade week

Submitted by JimmySprout on Mon, 2011-11-14 10:45

Fairtrade WeekFairtrade Week

This week (14-20 November) marks South Africa's first ever Fairtrade Week.

Fairtrade Label South Africa (FLSA) is the local marketing organisation for Fairtrade and aims to alleviate rural poverty while empowering small-scale farmers and disadvantaged workers primarily in Africa. This is done by creating market opportunities for, and increasing sales of Fairtrade labelled products in South Africa. So far, their hard work and our local support has seen sales in South Africa reach a staggering R18,4 million in 2010, a three-fold increase from the R5,7 million in 2009!

what's sprouting this weekend

Submitted by JimmySprout on Fri, 2011-11-11 13:42

Weekend 11-13th November 2011Weekend 11-13th November 2011

A quick low-down on some green events happening this weekend:

Green Home Design Course

Green Home Design Course (CPD programme) takes place this Saturday at either the Green Design Centre in Kyalami, or the InSynch Training Centre in Lanseria. It covers a wide range of green design schemes and principles for the home including green building principles, passive heating and cooling, green and living roofs, domestic energy efficiency, solar power options and how-to’s, waste water management, DIY energy audits and more. For further information, pricing and contact details, please click here

‘Soil for Life, Grow to Live’ Workshop

'Soil for Life, Grow to Live workshop is happening on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend in Constantia, Cape Town. It is a fun and

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anarchist book fairs in the cape

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Fri, 2011-11-11 11:11

The perfect opportunity to purchase cutting-edge literatureThe perfect opportunity to purchase cutting-edge literature

First Book Fair
This Guy Fawkes marked the first anarchist book fair in Africa, a trend that has taken off all around the world. These events are a great opportunity for existing anarchists to come together and the common public to learn more about anarchism.

Located at Observatory’s quirky café Ganesh, the anarchist book fair on the 5th November had a revolutionary atmosphere, and you could almost feel the genius as it bred in small groups, big ideas swished around by foreigners and locals alike.

‘There were more anarchists at the book fair than we expected,’ says Stef, one of the fair's organisers. ‘I realise now how many are actually living in Cape Town. We sold loads of books and distributed tons of pamplets.

put our table at the top

Submitted by JimmySprout on Fri, 2011-11-11 10:22

Photo: south-african-hotels.comPhoto:

Here's your last chance to vote for Table Mountain as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

With voting closing in just over two hours, Table Mountain could really do with some home-grown gees to put it in the top seven of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

From over 440 participants representing over 220 countries, this international campaign will see 7 of the now 28 finalists named the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Voting is simple and may be done online , via MXit, or by sending an SMS with the word “Table” to 34874. Each SMS costs R2, but you may SMS vote as often as you like!

greenpop: cool as folk 3

Submitted by JimmySprout on Thu, 2011-11-10 12:40

Cool as FolkCool as Folk

Join the Treevolution!

This Saturday 12 November sees the coolest green party of 2011 touch down at The Assembly in Cape Town. This awesome night of fun will be in aid of a sending Greenpop to Durban for COP17, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), later this month. The conference aims to facilitate pivotal discussion and allow significant decision making regarding the future of our environment, industries and the world’s forests.

occupy cape town

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Thu, 2011-11-10 12:16

On the steps of Thibalt Square podiumOn the steps of Thibalt Square podium

The Occupy movement started in Cape Town some Saturdays ago. A small group of locals hoping to reinact what has been going down all around the world for the last few months - Occupy Wall Street being the most well-known – decided to hold peaceful discussions on the lawn of Gardens outside Parliament. The intention was to plan what was to be done as well as how to spread what they felt to be an important message.

hout bay green faire review

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Fri, 2011-11-04 20:13

The Green Faire in Hout Bay last SaturdayThe Green Faire in Hout Bay last Saturday

A refreshing perspective on the local green-scene, the Hout Bay Green Faire is the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded people as well as support businesses that have their ethical heads on straight.

For people like me, who relish the idea of a zero-waste, creatively-inspired society living close to and in harmony with nature, this was a piece of paradise. Overwhelming even, to have so much of what you normally have to hunt for in the same place for one day. Almost makes those high ideals feel within reach.

As to be expected, Green Peace were busy sharing their message and the Talent Exchange guys could be spotted too. A cluster of trees standing near the centre represented the presence of Food and Trees For Africa, and many seedlings were on sale at

hout bay green faire this saturday!

Submitted by turbosprout on Thu, 2011-10-27 08:46

Hout Bay Green Faire - Sat 29 Oct 10amHout Bay Green Faire - Sat 29 Oct 10am

One of our favourite events on the green calendar. The Hout Bay Green Faire 2011 has something for everyone. You'll be able to find information and products for greening your lifestyle and lowering your ecological footprint, gifts and entertainment for the kids and yummy local and organic food, plus a whole lot more. An authentic green exhibition in the open air! (remember sunscreen, depending on weather).

There is a REALLY COOL line up of talks on the day, view the Hout Bay Green Faire Programme here.

Some highlights include:
Sue Visser showing you how to make and use probiotics for garden and human health.

Andy Le May on sustainability as the new norm the "realisation that what each of us does is essential in forging the world we want our kids to live in.”

Anthea Torr providing insight into living in peace and harmony to heal ourselves and the planet.

Rod Tritton uncovering some mind-expanding mysteries in his new book Exploring Mystery, Changing History, Taking Responsibility

Tony Budden on the process

launch of green star sa - public & education building pilot tool

Submitted by incoming on Wed, 2011-10-26 10:13

Aurecon building - the first in South Africa to achieve a 5-star ratingAurecon building - the first in South Africa to achieve a 5-star rating
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has announced the launch of the Pilot Certification Programme of the 4th Green Star SA rating tool – the Green Star SA Public & Education Building PILOT Rating Tool.

Funded by the Construction Industry Development Board, an agency of the Department of Public works (DPW), this latest tool enables the GBCSA to rate public and education buildings such as community centres, libraries, museums, school and university buildings, places of worship, indoor sports centres, entertainment, exhibition and convention centres, public transport terminal buildings and more.

“This is an exciting expansion of the suite of green building rating tools available from the GBCSA,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa.

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