NMB Transition Network Newsletter – 26/04/2011

In the news this week….

No Fracking way! I have some great news… Applications for hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo by various oil and gas companies has been halted! A moratorium has been issued, so before any applications are approved, more research into the effects of the process has to be done.  But the war is not over yet. We must continue to inform and be informed.

http://www.thedailymaverick.co.za/article/2011-04-21-environmentalists-farmers-rejoice-as-cabinet-puts-brakes-on-karoo-fracking

http://treasurethekaroo.blogspot.com/

Transition Town Totnes was featured on Al-Jazeera recently

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/transition-towns-al-jazeera.php

Its always nice to see photos from these different initiatives. Here are some pics taken by photo journalist Ed Thompson on a recent visit to Totnes

http://www.luzphoto.com/story.php?titolo=totnes_thompson

The NMB Transition Network is busy working in collaboration with Alliance Francaise Port Elizabeth to host a variety of events for National  Environment Week (first week of June). With film screenings and presentations, tree planting, exhibitions, workshops for young and old, its bound to be an interesting week. So keep an eye out for Green Week. More details on that once the program is finalized

Here’s some creative recycling for you…

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/recycled-robot-sculptures-himatic-andrea-petrachi.php

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/circuit-boards-ribbon-cables-repurposed-as-furniture.php

In the garden…

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/how-to-combat-soil-erosion-garden.php

While I’m away in Cape Town, I have noticed the amount of balcony space in the city, with very little of it looking at all productive. So I started looking a bit at how small spaces like this could be used more effectively towards local food security

http://permaculturetokyo.blogspot.com/2009/03/creating-permaculture-balcony-garden.html

And a good essay on Organic Agriculture: Rooted in Science and Ecology http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-04-20-eliot-coleman-essay-organic

That’s all for now…

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