Newsletter 22/09/2011

Newsletter 22/09/2011

So we’ll start off this newsletter with a look at what all is going on around the world in Transition. Here is the August round-up from TransitionCulture.org:
http://transitionculture.org/2011/08/29/an-august-round-up-of-what%E2%80%99s-happening-out-in-the-world-of-transition/

A thank you must go to all those who organized and participated in clean-ups over the last week as part of Clean-Up SA week, International Recycle Day and International Coastal Clean Up Day. On the one hand, it was great to see so many getting involved in collecting over 20 tons of waste off coast. On the other, the fact that so much rubbish is finding its way there is disturbing. Shouldn’t we be looking more creatively at ways to reduce how much waste we produce? Reduce first, then Re-Use and Recycle. Ideally, the amount of non-recyclable waste that is produced should be insignificant. Anyway, here is a post on MyPE.co.za on the clean-up activities in the metro. http://mype.co.za/new/2011/09/20-tons-of-litter-picked-up-on-our-coastline/

In case you haven’t already heard, there will be a Fracking Information Evening on 4 October where Derek Light, lawyer representing many farmers in the Karoo, and Dough Stern, who recently traveled to the US to do his own research into the issue, will be giving presentations. Follow the link below for more details:

https://nmbtransitionnetwork.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/fracking-information-evening-4-oct-2011/

Organic Footprints, a local company taking your orders for fresh produce and sourcing it all from local and organic producers, now has a new collection point in Richmond Hill. Their website is also up and running, you can view it here:  http://www.organicfootprints.co.za/

mobile garden photo

I have quite an interest in small and unusual parks at the moment, especially after the
recent Park(ing) Day held in many parts around the world. Here is a rail car turned into a park which I thought was rather funky:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/cta-rail-car-transformed-into-mobile-garden-wonderland.php

Another little somthing creative: Oil barrel furniture
http://inhabitat.com/vibrazionis-recycled-oil-barrel-furniture-comments-on-the-oil-crisis/

Your ideas on clean, green, locally resilient neighbourhoods…
Quite soon we would like to present to Council and ward authorities on Transition, and look particularly at the idea of green/sustainnable/locally resilient/Transition neighbourhoods.  But we’d like some input from all of you on how you envision such a neighbourhood? What sort of activities or services would you like to see around you? How are people interacting with one another? What does the space look and feel like? Remember this is your movement, your opportunity to steer change in your communities, so your involvement here is important. Hopefully we can put forward some of these ideas in our presentation.

We are involved with a big tree planting initiative at a church in Walmer and need some help to get holes dug for them. So for those of you who would like to help and get your hands dirty, read on…
Trees Project: Work Party at the Joy To The Nation Church (Walmer – 9th Avnue)
Pierre-Louis and his team will be at the the church on Saturday 24 September to start digging holes to plant the trees (90 of them). Everyone is welcome to come help them. Please bring along your shovels, picks, wheelbarrows and any other tools you may have to dig with! They will be here bright and breezy at 8am, so why not join them for a great start to the morning. For more info you can contact the church office on 041 581 3779

Quite a few interesting events coming up, so be sure to click the hyperlinks for more details

Upcoming Events:

24 Sept – SAMREC Penguin Plod – Flyer

24 Sept – Trees Project: Work Party at the Joy To The Nation Church (Walmer – 9th Avnue), starting at 8am

27 Sept – Green Building Council – Green Star SA Accredited Professional Course PE

1 Oct – Friends Of Van Stadens Indigenous Plant Sale @ Van Standens Wild Flower Reserve 9am – 2pm

1 Oct – SAMREC Potjiekos competition

4 Oct – Fracking Information Evening

20 Oct – GreenDrinks

9-11 Nov – Global Carbon Exchange – Carbon Footprint Analyst Course in PE

Just a note that I (Ryan) will again be out of town, together with Pierrelouis and Alhyrian as we attend the Permaculture Design Course at Berg-En-Dal until 8 October.

And a reminder to follow us on Facebook if you aren’t already. Plenty of interesting links being posted on a regular basis…
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nelson-Mandela-Bay-Transition-Network/146762058729242

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