Being Green

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PROUDLY SPONSORED BY GERLINDE MOSER OF RE/MAX. Being Green – Your window on the environment broadcast every Friday morning at 7.15. John Richards and Glynis Crook focus on key issues affecting our lifestyles, science and research outcomes, the quest for sustainable living and a healthier planet.

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Being Green - 15 May 2020

Brazil earlier this week deployed the military to the Amazon in a bid to halt illegal logging and mining activities in the rainforest. The development came just days after satellite data from its space research institute showed there has been a 55 per cent surge in deforestation in the first four months of 2020, in comparison to the same period last year. The rainforest is seen as vital to curbing climate change. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to Dr Erika Berenguer, a forest ecologist at both Oxford and Lancaster Universities, about the impact this might have, and if bringing in the army is the right way to deal with the situation.

Being Green - 08 May 2020

Four of the world’s leading biodiversity experts have warned that we need to stop destroying nature or face deadlier and more frequent pandemics that inflict even worse economic damage. They say human activities such as deforestation, intensive farming, and exploitation of wild species have created a “perfect storm” for diseases to spread. Their strongly worded article was published last week by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to one of the scientists, Professor Josef Settele of the Department of Community Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Halle, Germany.

Being Green - 01 May 2020

Following the sighting of a pod of Orcas or Killer Whales in False Bay last weekend, Glynis Crook speaks to scientist Dr Simon Elwen of the NPO Sea Search, to find out more about the mammal, why they are coming more frequently to waters around the Cape, and the impact their presence has on the local ecosystem. They also discuss reports that two of the Orca have been attacking sharks and eating their livers, which is unusual behaviour. To find out more visit: or visit their Facebook page:

Being Green - 24 April 2020

Glynis Crook’s guest in this week’s edition of Being Green is Dr Eleanor Hutchings who is the People and Conservation Coordinator: Biodiversity Management Branch at the City of Cape Town. They discuss the annual City Nature Challenge which takes place from Friday 24 to Monday 27 April. More than 250 cities across the world are taking part this year in the special Covid-19 lockdown edition. In places where residents are not allowed to leave their homes, they are being encouraged to document the plants, birds, animals, reptiles and insects they find in their gardens, on their balconies or even from their windows. To take part, all you need to do is sign up for the challenge and start recording your observations. If you have a smartphone, you can download the free iNaturalist app in your app store.

Being Green - 17 April 2020

Last year, Being Green spoke to journalist Steve Kretzmann about the quality of the coastal water around Cape Town. He said it was difficult to know how clean it was as the City of Cape Town had not made public the results of its water sample tests for some time. Well a few weeks ago, it did in fact publish the Know Your Coast, 2019 report on water quality at recreational beaches and monitoring points along the Atlantic and False Bay coasts, looking at samples taken over a period of five years. In the programme this week, Glynis Crook asks Steve what he made of it.
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Being Green - 10 April 2020

Easter is said to be the peak holiday for chocolate sales around the world, beating even Valentine’s Day and Christmas. In Being Green this week, Glynis Crook asks just how environmentally friendly your favourite slab is. Do you know where the cocoa is sourced, are the farmers paid a fair price, and do they use sustainable farming methods? She speaks to Antonino Allegra, the head chocolate-maker at local brand, Afrikoa, which sources its organic cacao beans directly from farmers in Tanzania.

Being Green - 03 April 2020

Glynis Crook speaks to climate scientist Peter Johnston of the University of Cape Town’s Climate System Analysis Group. They discuss the positive impact that reduced human activity due to the coronavirus pandemic is having on the environment, whether it will last, and if there are any lessons to be learned from this period for our fight against climate change.

Being Green - 27 March 2020

In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook talks to Kirstenbosch Gardens’ senior horticulturist, Cherise Viljoen, about the Spekboom which is widely fêted for its carbon absorption properties. They discuss concerns that people, in their enthusiasm, are planting them where they don’t really belong, and whether other indigenous succulents have similar capabilities.

Being Green - 13 March 2020

A new assessment by a group 89 scientists from 50 international organisations has found that the polar ice caps are melting 6 times faster than in the 1990s. A comprehensive review of satellite data from both poles showed that the Antarctica and Greenland lost 6.4 trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, thanks to warming conditions. This led to an increase in global sea levels of close to 18 millimetres, with experts again warning about the future implications for coastal communities. In this edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to the co-leader of the study, Professor Andrew Shepherd from the University of Leeds.

Being Green - 06 March 2020

Minister Pravin Gordhan has been opening up on some of his standpoints on the energy crisis, or the Eskom crisis, to say the same thing. There is no doubt that the downward spiral of diminishing demand and sporadic supply threatens the eventual survival of the big utility, and the road-map ahead for splitting the functions of generating and distributing will have to be implemented one way or another.
That’s a tough one for the politicians to thread their way among the trade-unions, the supporters of the ruling party and the tenderpreneurs, the middle-men like the municipalities, and the end users like mines and industry – and you and me trying to live our lives while dodging around load-shedding.

Being Green - 28 February 2020

In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to arborist and Chairman of the Friends of the Arderne Gardens, Francois Krige, about this incredible but relatively little known park that is situated just a few minutes’ walk away from the busy central Claremont shopping district. Established 175 years ago by British timber merchant, Ralph Henry Arderne, it is home to the largest collection in South Africa of exotic trees. This includes six of the so-called Champion Trees, a designation given to exceptional trees that represent a unique part of the nation's forest heritage. The Arderne Gardens can be found on the Main Road in Claremont and is open every day from 9h until 18h. Entrance is free. Find out more at:
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