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 - 11 October 2019

In this week’s edition, Being Green visits a new biodiversity hotspot being developed in Mowbray by the NPO, Communitree, in partnership with The Friends of Liesbeek River and others. It will be part of a green corridor to help birds and insects negotiate the urban landscape. Glynis Crook speaks to Communitree’s co-founder and director, Frances Taylor. To find out more about the organisation’s work, to volunteer, or to set up a project with them, visit:

Being Green - 04 October 2019

Plastic Cleanups - the struggle continues!

JOHN KIESER of the SA Plastics Federation talked about the results of the recent Coastal Cleanup Campaign organised by the Federation.

Despite adverse weather along the City’s beaches, FMR listeners and staffers turned out to brave the conditions and do their bit.

John Kieser stressed the importance of awareness and individual responsibility in the relentless campaign to improve the state of our plastic-impacted coasts and oceans.

Access the latest available stats on recycling and sustainability drives on the PLASTICS/SA

Being Green - 27 September 2019

Being Green this week takes a look at some of the information out there about the potential medicinal uses for our indigenous fynbos. Glynis Crook speaks to Giselle Courtney, creator of the Cape Town Fynbos Experience tastings and apothecary workshops. To find out more, visit:
Cape Town Fynbos Experience

Being Green - 13 September 2019

In Being Green this week, Glynis Crook learns about the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Eco-Schools programme. It’s active in some 67 countries and has been implemented in South Africa since 2003 by the wildlife and environment society, WESSA. Today more than 600 schools across the country are registered, with 106 of those in the Western Cape. Schools wanting to find out how to register for the programme can find out more on:

Being Green - 06 September 2019


The news has not been comfortable this week. But then news, the stock-in-trade of the media, is commonly bad news – bad news sells, sensationally bad news sells best. There is good news, with a positive angle, and you hear it here on Being Green whenever we can squeeze in some good news.

Which is to say it’s not good news this week.

More bricks in the wall on climate change. Hurricane Dorian, sweeping along the Eastern seaboard of the USA, is downgraded to a violent tropical storm after the devastating tempest attack on the Bahamas, with highest wind speeds ever recorded. Another extreme weather event. And there are some equally ferocious hurricanes in the far East, and over the Indian ocean.

Even the most determined climate-change denier will have to admit that something’s going on. Of course it’s glib to say, there you are, it all ties up and we’re bound for catastrophe. But I think it’s fair to say we can use the term ‘climate change emergency’ without sensationalism.

Being Green - 30 August 2019

In Being Green this week, Glynis Crook tastes fynbos in the form of tea, cordials and salts, and learns how they can be used to flavour food. Her guest is Giselle Courtney who runs workshops in the Company Gardens to teach people about both the culinary and medicinal uses of the Cape’s unique flora.
The Cape Town Fynbos Experience

Being Green - 23 August 2019

A concatenation of circumstances led to the world-shattering find of the Coelacanth on that fateful day in late December 1938, when Marjorie Latimer recognized a distinctive blue fin sticking out of a bunch of trawled fish on the quay in East London. She had no idea what it was, but she knew it was important. You could say in a way Marjorie’s unique upbringing and far from conventional education, and her experience as a single-handed museum curator, had prepared her for just this climactic event. Mike Bruton, himself of Coelacanth fame, has been researching her life and work.

Being Green - 16 August 2019

In 1979, when South Africa decided to ban commercial whaling, the population of humpback whales in the western Indian Ocean was down to roughly 300 to 600 individuals. A new survey led by marine biologist Chris Wilkinson of the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute now suggests they have made a stunning comeback. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to Professor Ken Findlay, a whale biologist at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, who was supervisor on the study.

Being Green - 09 August 2019

I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that recent temperatures in the North have been the hottest on record. In fact the last four years have been the hottest on record according to the UN climate watch. The change is accelerating up to thirty times as fast as it did at the start of the Industrial Revolution. So the push for climate change solutions and action on those theoretical solutions is intensifying. Cutting back emissions and moving to renewables for power generation is one of the popular mantras, and it makes sense to everyone except the vested interests of the coal and oil lobby, but even that is changing.

The average atmospheric CO2 level rises inexorably – the NOAA monitoring figure for July stands at 412 parts per million, up 3 ppm from the same month last year. If we can reduce the level or at least slow its increase down appreciably, we stand a chance of limiting global temperature increase and keeping it down to less than 2 degrees by 2050.

Being Green - 02 August 2019

In Being Green this week, Glynis Crook speaks to Professor Wikus Van Niekerk, Dean of Engineering at Stellenbosch University, who is co-author of a new study which suggests that installing giant turbines in the ocean off the east coast of South Africa could provide a “green” solution to generating the country’s baseload electricity.

Being Green - 26 July 2019


At least we’re having a (quote) normal (unquote) winter, the rain gauges are overflowing and there are substantial inflows into the dams. Also there’s been flooding and disruption, but that’s ‘normal’ too. Some places inland, like Leeuwenboschfontein near Touws River and Redelinghuys on the West Coast have had the first proper rainfall in four years, and hard-pressed farmers are rejoicing.

The water crisis continues, rain or shine. Don’t be tempted into thinking that the water worries are over – they’re not. Cape Town had the worst drought on record since records began, admittedly only about 140 years ago, but that’s how recently everything has hotted up in the modern world (apologies for the pun).

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