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a day to move beyond fossil fuels! moving planet gauteng

Submitted by Guest on Thu, 2011-09-29 16:01

It was a cold and cloudy Sunday on which environmental activists got their groove on in Hatfield, Pretoria to shake up the people and move for the planet. What follows is an account by Kyla v de Westhuizen, who is part of the Project 90x2030 youth forum, Generation Earth member and Grade 12 learner at Holy Rosary School.

We started our rally outside the Hatfield Spur, where some bystanders and passers-by were unimpressed by our presence. We were called “hippies", and asked if we really thought we could make a difference. Many bystanders were curious, however, as to what was going on and we attracted many people off the side of the street.

pitiful pregnant pigs need your help

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 2011-01-19 10:45

pigs in stalls: pic- in stalls: pic- Friends,

South Africa’s pregnant pigs are trapped in metal cages that prevent any movement forwards, backwards or sideways – not just for a day, or a week, or a month. But, for life!

Their suffering is relentless. View this footage of pregnant pigs hidden away on a factory farm in the Cape Winelands.

Please join Compassion in World Farming (SA) in its call to Mr Simon Streicher, CEO of the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation, to join the world movement to phase out sow stalls.

As consumer pressure helps pregnant pigs break free of sow stalls around the world, the future for South Africa’s breeding sows who produce the 10 000 young pigs that are slaughtered weekly in SA for their ham and bacon, remains a secret.

Late in 2010, Australian Pork Limited voluntarily agreed to heed the call by consumers in that country, to begin a

the IRP 2010: an electricity plan for Arcelor Mittal and BHP Billiton?

Submitted by Guest on Thu, 2010-10-14 10:27

Listening to big business, ignoring civil society: How the DoE wrote its draft 20-year electricity plan - the IRP 2010

Using scare tactics and the threat of further load shedding and blackouts, the government is rushing through its IRP 2010 (Integrated Resource Plan), which defines a twenty-year electricity plan for South Africa.

On 8 October 2010, the Department of Energy (DoE) published a final draft scenario for public comment – a scenario that suggests systematic contempt for the opinions offered in public consultation.

‘do nothing farming’ – fukuoka’s wise words

Submitted by Guest on Wed, 2009-08-12 09:22

Blog kindly written by Carey Finn.

These days, organic farming is more popular than ever. With organic box schemes, growing organic sections in supermarkets, and an increasing awareness on the part of consumers, it looks like organic is here to stay, and will only grow further. Certainly, organic farming, especially when it incorporates principles of permaculture and biodynamism, is a massive improvement on modern agriculture with its poisons and exploitations.

But it should not be seen as the plateau – as Masanobu Fukuoka, a wise farmer from Japan said, we have many more steps to take to return to the source; in other words, we have a way to go before we are truly growing our food in harmony with nature...

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