#ClimateStrike the South African way

Thousands of South Africans took to the streets on Friday September 20, 2019 as part of the global climate strikes, which took place across 150 countries and saw over four-million people worldwide calling for climate action. Organised by the African Climate Alliance (ACA) in Cape Town, the organisation led a march to the Parliament of South Africa, where they handed over a memorandum for the … Continue reading #ClimateStrike the South African way

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Overcoming eco-anxiety

That hopeless feeling of despair you sometimes get just thinking about the extent of change that is required to save us from environmental ruin, and how little seems to be happening to improve all life on the planet… It’s a thing. The overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start to make the biggest or best difference, or feeling like your small individual actions won’t … Continue reading Overcoming eco-anxiety

Land reform opportunities must boost climate resilience – WWF

People’s relationship with the land is front and centre in South Africa, and when debating the issue locally, the additional stress that climate change places on land – increasing degradation, biodiversity loss, and food insecurity – cannot be ignored. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land, was recently released and explores the relationship between climate, people and land … Continue reading Land reform opportunities must boost climate resilience – WWF

Creecy’s budget speech: SA’s environmental status update

South Africa’s new Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barabara Creecy took over as Minister on 30 May 2019. She most recently served as Member of the Executive Council responsible for Finance in the Gauteng Provincial Government. She is a leader of the ANC and has served in government in various portfolios since 1994. According to government communications, it was under Creecy’s leadership that the Gauteng … Continue reading Creecy’s budget speech: SA’s environmental status update

Ten Questions with Manfred Braune

Manfred Braune has recently started an exciting new journey as the director of environmental sustainability at the University of Cape Town. He was part of the team that achieved the first four certified green buildings in South Africa at the very start of the country’s official green building journey, and followed this by joining the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), where he played … Continue reading Ten Questions with Manfred Braune

SA carbon tax delayed

Implementation of a carbon tax in South Africa has been delayed to June 2019 said Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his medium-term budget statement in Parliament on Wednesday. A delay of six months later than the original implementation date of 1 January 2019, Mboweni said that National Treasury had “heard the concerns of business and labour during the parliamentary hearings.” “The carbon budgeting system and … Continue reading SA carbon tax delayed

Meet our GBCSA convention ticket winner

Charmaine Schoultz worked hard on the Open Source Green Forum competition to win a ticket to the Green Building Council SA’s (GBCSA) green building convention in Cape Town in October 2018. Working in the renewable energy industry, her company CSC Energy, assists municipalities, companies and residents to reduce their carbon footprint, become more sustainable, and save money through solar energy and energy management. We asked … Continue reading Meet our GBCSA convention ticket winner