greening it up - mon 02

Submitted by sproutingforth on Mon, 2006-10-02 09:56

News around the world today includes:
Local organic wine maker, Johnathan Grieve, has begun using ducks, wasps and beetles in a bid to farm organically on his Avondale farm in the Paarl area. Nothing new to the permaculture community, but for South Africans, using natural predators instead of chemical insecticides is.[Mail & Guardian online]

The first UK solar energy charity, aimed at the developing world, was launched last Tuesday at the Climate Clinic Night Labour Party Conference in Manchester. Their aim - using solar energy to relieve poverty and educating in matters relating to solar energy, climate change and protecting the environment. They intend doing this by training local communities in DIY solar skills and have already started in Malawi with a project that is installing solar panels for a youth centre, which helps children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Read more about it

Africa stands to miss UN development targets to double access to drinking water and sanitation by 2015. The situation in many African countries is, infact, worsening. [IOL Environment]

And leave it up to Eskom to come up with changing the time zones in Durban so that the country can cope with their peak electricity demand woes [IOL Environment]

Do you have any local stories you would like to share? Contact the sprouts on gotta-story@urbansprout.co.za

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