NMB Transition Network Newsletter – 30/05/2011

First up,  a thank you to Jayne and the team from InFood for inviting me to present on Transition last week. Not only is the food incredible, but the restaurant is also doing it’s bit to reduce its energy demand with energy-saver lighting, solar panels, and their own food garden on the way. The money raised on the night amounted to around R3000 and that will be going toward the purchase of water tanks for Save-A-Pet.

We have another presentation on the Transition Town Movement coming up during Green Week, a collaboration between Alliance Francaise Port Elizabeth, The French Institute in SA, The Irie, PE College, and the NMB Transition Network. The program is finalized and can be viewed here:  https://nmbtransitionnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/gw-progpe-final1.pdf

With the theme for World Environment Day being Forests: Nature At Your Service, we have arranged a tree planting event at Settler’s Park Primary School where 30 Water Berry (Syzygium cordatum) trees (kindly sponsored by GM) will be planted on Friday 10 June at 12h00.

We will also be having another Intro to Food Gardening workshop at The Irie in Richmond Hill, where another small group will learn how to start up and maintain their own organic food garden, while extending the garden we started at the last workshop. Space is limited, so if you are interested in attending, give Nicole a buzz at The Irie on 041-5850621.

I mentioned in a previous newsletter that the municipality had called for input from the public regarding a new vision for the metro; well here is our submission! Let us know what you think…
https://nmbtransitionnetwork.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/our-vision-for-nelson-mandela-bay-metro/

Here’s a question for you: Could an entire town go solar? Well, Wadebridge aims to be the first town in Britain to do just that….
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/could-entire-town-go-solar.php
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/britains-first-solar-powered-town.php

SAMREC (SA Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre)  will be having a potjiekos competition this June in order to raise funds for the center. With  stalls, potjie kos, and a jumping castle, it should be a great event for the whole family. Contact Ronit on 079 890 6969 or ronit.erlank@yahoo.co.uk to book your spot or get more info.

SAMREC also needs help making sure that the penguins that come in are properly rehabilitated so they can be safely released back where they belong. You can help by volunteering or even ‘adopting’ one of the chicks that recently came in.  Visit the website to find out more about volunteering, and click the link below for more on adopting a penguin…
https://nmbtransitionnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/please-adopt-me.pdf 

Some links you may find interesting…

Planting Justice Makes Sustainable Gardening Accessible to All (Video)

Recycled Road Sign Furniture by Boris Bally (Photos)

Time for a Street Renaissance! (Video)

And for those of you on Facebook, we have set up a new Page for NMB Transition Network where links and info will pop up right in your news feed…  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nelson-Mandela-Bay-Transition-Network/146762058729242

Upcoming Events:

5 June 2011 – World Environment Day (Forests: Nature At Your Service)

6 – 11 June 2011 – Green Week (and National Environment Week)

– Wed 8th: Presentation – The Transition Town Movement, 17:30 @ Alliance Francaise
– Friday 10th: Tree Planting @ Settlers Park Primary School, 12h00
– Sat 11th: Intro to Food Gardening workshop @ The Irie, 9h00 – 15h00

8 – 10 June 2011 – Eastern Cape Climate Change Conference @ East London ICC

16 June 2011 – Green Drinks

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