|Volume 11Click here if you cannot view HTMLSeptember 2006|
Green Labelling as a Conservation Tool in South Africa and Internationally
Consumers around the world and in South Africa are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment. International research has shown that consumers and certain producers want to actively contribute to protecting the environment and public health by producing and purchasing products that inflict less damage upon both. Green labels have become a good point of reference for the 'green' consumer when buying goods.
Written by Steven W. Evans & Claudia Hodkinson
Habitat Change and its Impact on Raptors in Southern Africa
It is a well-known fact that the impact of human activities on the environment has substantially changed habitats for species of plants and animals worldwide and will continue to do so into the future. Raptors, as top predators in many ecosystems, have also been affected by these changes in various ways. With the continued increase in the global human population and its increasing need for natural resources, these impacts are unlikely to change or reduce in the immediate future.
Written by Andre Botha
Practice conservation in your garden
Although once abundant across the globe, cycads are now greatly reduced in both numbers and distribution and many cycad species have become threatened due to habitat destruction and illegal harvesting. This is compounded by their slow growth rates, slow recruitment and low population turnover.
Written by Brenda Daly
Ordinary people must be involved in green-planet battle
Environmentalists and political decision-makers should find ways to make complex environmental issues understandable, so that ordinary people can be galvanised into fighting for "a green planet", Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said yesterday.
Written by Guy Rogers
What is the reality of the situation, regarding litter and ocean poisoning? Oceans are the final sink for all pollution generated on earth. Seven billion tonnes of litter drops into the ocean each year. While extreme events such as oil spills from vessels, and toxic waste dumping are relatively well-known and publicised marine pollutants, up to 80 per cent of ocean pollution comes from land-based sources. Globally, about 450 cubic kilometers of wastewater reaches coastal waters by rivers and streams every year from untreated or partially treated sewage, industrial effluents and agricultural runoff.
Written by Bernice McLean
Add a touch of the wildside to your functions this year at the Lion Park!
Where: The Lion Park, Fourways
Enjoy a remarkably different day out; with fresh air, casual gear and the chance to meet some of Africa’s wildlife up close and personal. The newly renovated and much improved Lion Park offers the corporate market a function venue with a difference. Trade your suits and heels for some khaki’s and walking shoes and enjoy a day out true South African style.
RSVP: 30 November 2006 - click here firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Mandy Devenny or phone Mandy on (011) 460 1814 / (011) 460 1319
Elephants on the move – when, where and why
Where: The Country Club Johannesburg, Napier Road, Auckland Park
More and more frequently Africa’s elephant ranges are fragmenting. The Kruger ecosystem is one of Africa’s largest elephant strongholds. If elephants are to survive we need a reliable understanding of their movements and needs, scientific knowledge for wise planning and safeguarding the environment.
RSVP: 6 October 2006 - EWT Members, click here email@example.com to contact Mary Ritchie at EWT or phone Mary on (011) 486 1102
Greener Life Tips
Eco-friendly gardening practices
By adopting eco-friendly methods of gardening, you can do a great deal to nurture the environment and to provide homes for wild creatures. The following measures will set you well on the way to being a friend, rather than a foe, of the environment.
If you're at a loss on what to do with unwanted items, why not donate them to the EWT. The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items:
Please contact Penny Buthelezi on (011) 486-1102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.
Bird Photography Courses with Africa - Birds & Birding
Africa – Birds & Birding has run a series of successful photographic courses presented by award-winning bird photographers Albert Froneman and Chris van Rooyen. Response has been enthusiastic and there is now limited availability on the October courses to EWT Members.
Special Book Offer : Footing with Sir Richard's Ghost by Patricia Glyn
In 1863, English gentlemen Sir Richard George Glyn and his brother Robert came to Africa, lured to the continent by its big game and the astounding cascade that David Livingstone had recently 'discovered' and named The Victoria Falls. The brothers set off from Durban and, despite terrible trials, reached the Falls four and a half months later, becoming the fourth foreign party to do so. Richard kept a diary about their extraordinary odyssey, a journal which inspired his and Robert’s great-great-grand niece, Patricia Glyn, to shadow their expedition in 2005.
Classic Wines - What better ...?
What better way to relax, than sipping a glass of wine? What better way to acquire the wine, than ordering online? What better way to receive the wine, than delivered to your doorstep? What better reasons than to visit www.classicwines.co.za!
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