NMB TN Newsletter 13/06/2011

Newsletter – 13/06/2011

Green Week

We had a very successful Green Week last week in collaboration with the Alliance Francaise, the French Institute in South Africa, PE College, and The Irie.

The week kicked off on Tuesday night with a screening of a film, The French Organic Revolution,  which was extremely informative and inspiring to see youngsters really taking a preference to organic food and getting involved in producing their own. Some organic wine was available on the night as well as snacks provided by PE College with all the ingredients sourced locally.

On the Wednesday we had Jakkie Botha from Urban Harvest giving a great presentation on Permaculture and the importance of growing your own food. This was followed by a presentation on the Transition Town movement and another film.

On Thursday the heavy rains cleared and we had a great turnout for a presentation by Eunice from Noziqhamo Arts and Crafts Recycling, assisted by Jenny Rump from the Zwarkops Conservancy. Projects like this deserve more exposure and more support as they turn waste into something beautiful. We intend to organize another presentation by them soon so that those of you who missed it this time can get a chance to see [and even purchase] some of their items.

On the same evening a photographic exhibition opened at the Alliance Francaise titled While We Are Waiting which looks at man’s relationship with the natural environment. This exhibition runs for a month, so be sure to check it out if you are in the area.

Friday was particularly exciting with the tree planting that took place at Settler’s Park Primary School. Nine of the forty trees (sponsored by GM) were planted on the day, with the rest to go in soon after. Chris Wild from Food And Trees For Africa was also there to address the pupils, explaining the importance of trees and how to plant them. A big Thank You to him, General Motors and Elands Nursery for making this tree planting possible.

On Saturday we had our final event for the week: the Intro To Food Gardening workshop at The Irie, where the existing garden (set up at our previous workshop there in March) was extended and is now double the size.

All in all, a great week was had by everyone, organizers and participants alike. Thank you again to all the sponsors, and to all of you who attended making Green Week the success that it was. I have uploaded some photos taken throughout the week on our website which you can view here:
https://nmbtransitionnetwork.wordpress.com/gallery/green-week-2011/

Orange Igloo, Sunridge Park

Now for those of you living in, or driving through the Sunridge Park, Framesby and Fernglen area, you may notice a big orange igloo opposite the Sunridge Village. This recycling bin is set up in aid of The Children’s Feeding Fund, so be sure to feed any unwanted paper, newspaper, cardboard, old magazines or phone directories to the neighbourhood igloo.

A few interesting links for you to check out….

Australia’s recent national day of climate action:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAzCnAsR4M8&feature=player_embedded
http://www.getup.org.au/

 

On a similar note… 350.org‘s next big day of global action is 24 September 2011 and is called Moving Planet. Last year we had our event on the beach for the Global Work Party, but this year perhaps we can go a little bigger, and the focus is on moving beyond fossil fuels. We’re open to ideas from your side on what can be done for this particular day. Check out the Moving Planet website for more info…

Take a look at what a group of artists created in a previously dodgy alley in San Francisco: The Tenderloin National Forest
http://www.babelgum.com/clips/4005918
http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/2011/06/tenderloin-national-forest-on-cbs/ 

Now you know how I am when it comes to rooftops….Here’s one group doing something productive with a warehouse roof in Brooklyn:
http://www.babelgum.com/channels/180303/clips/3021540

A very nice video with some more on rooftop beekeeping:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/beekeeping-rooftops-new-york-video.php

Dates To Remember in June

16 June – Green Drinks

18 June – SAMREC Potjiekos Competition 

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