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JUN

Being Green - 24 June 2022

In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to 13-year-old Quinley Wild about his song SOS (Save our Soil). He wrote it after his mom, Casey, got involved in a global movement to address the crisis of soil degradation. And big local stars like Zolani Mahola, originally from Freshly Ground and now known as ‘The One Who Sings’, joined in to make it all come together. Theo Crous from Springbok Nude Girls, the Khayelitsha Children’s choir, and a group of AFDA alumni also took part in the project.
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JUN

Being Green - 17 June 2022

In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to UCT oceanographer and climatologist, Dr Sarah Fawcett, about the vital role played by South Africa’s polar research vessel and icebreaker, the SA Agulhas 2, in the field of climate science.
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JUN

Being Green - 10 June 2022

New Zealand has released a draft plan to tax farmers for the methane emissions from their sheep and cattle. The country is home to about 5 million people, and some 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep, and agriculture accounts for about half of its greenhouse gas emissions, mostly in the form of methane. There’s been a lot of criticism of the government’s failure to tackle the issue of emissions from the agricultural sector. Globally, agriculture is responsible for around one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to Christo Van Der Rheede, the executive director of Agri SA which represents the agricultural industry in South Africa, about whether this kind of system would work here.
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JUN

Being Green - 03 June 2022

In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to 13-year-old Quinley Wild about his song SOS (Save our Soil). He wrote it after his mom, Casey, got involved in a global movement to address the crisis of soil degradation. And big local stars like Zolani Mahola, originally from Freshly Ground and now known as ‘The One Who Sings’, joined in to make it all come together. Theo Crous from Springbok Nude Girls, the Khayelitsha Children’s choir, and a group of AFDA alumni also took part in the project.
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MAY

Being Green - 27 May 2022

A recent study, published in the journal Nature, found that one-fifth of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction. Scientists examined over 10,000 species and found that 21% of them are critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable to extinction as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Reptiles include snakes, tortoises and turtles, lizards and chameleons. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to herpetologist Johan Marais about why this is so alarming and what the status is of reptiles in South Africa.
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MAY

Being Green - 20 May 2022

International Tea Day is celebrated on 21 May. But did you know that most tea bags contain up to 25% of plastic. Many brands use a non-biodegradable plastic called polypropylene in the heat-sealing process and to help keep the bag in shape when it’s immersed in hot liquid. A recent study by Canadian researchers found that steeping a tea bag in boiling water releases billions of microparticles of plastic into your cup. To find out how to brew an eco-friendly cuppa, Glynis Crook spoke to Mingwei Tsai, the owner of Nigiro Tea Merchants and tea café.
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MAY

Being Green - 13 May 2022

The ongoing plague of brown locusts in parts of the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape Karoo, believed to be the biggest in 25 years, has been a nightmare for farmers. Experts say that in just one day, a small swarm can eat the same amount of food as 35,000 people or damage 100 tonnes of crops across a square kilometre of fields. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to Laura Standford of the Nairobi-based regenerative agriculture company, The Bug Picture, which has come up with a novel way of dealing with the millions of locusts in a swarm.
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APR

Being Green - 29 Apr 2022

In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to Alderman Eddie Andrews, the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, about the annual global City Nature Challenge. This year, over 400 cities are expected to take part in a bid to find out which can gather the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people. In last year’s edition, Cape Town had the most observations, came second in the number of species identified, but fell short on how many people took part. So, the race is on for this year’s event which takes place from Friday through to Monday and the City is hoping we will bag all three top spots this year.
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APR

Being Green - 22 Apr 2022

It’s the time of the year that the loggerhead sea turtles hatch on the coastline of northern KwaZulu-Natal and are then carried south by the Agulhas current. Unfortunately, as a result of injury, dehydration and hypothermia, some of the little hatchlings wash up on our beaches here in the Western Cape. So, the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is calling on all Capetonians to help assist with the rescue of these little turtles. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to the aquarium’s communications manager, Renee Leeuwner, about why they are getting into trouble and what you can do to help. Here is the sea turtle rescue hotline: 083 300 1663. To find out more you can go to: https://aquariumfoundation.org.za/sea-turtle-rescue-rehabilitation-and-release/become-a-turtle-rescuer/
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APR

Being Green - 15 Apr 2022

Monday 18 April will mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating fire that destroyed UCT’s Jagger Reading room and damaged other buildings on campus. It also gutted two historic buildings - Mostert’s Mill and the Rhodes Memorial restaurant - and caused damage to other buildings in the area. The blaze also burnt hundreds of hectares of land in the Table Mountain National Park. To find out how the rehabilitation of the mountain is progressing, Glynis Crook, in this week’s edition of Being Green, speaks to the Park’s manager, Frans Van Rooyen.
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APR

Being Green - 08 Apr 2022

The third and final report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 6th assessment cycle was published earlier this week. Part 3 finds that, despite warnings, emissions have continued to rise in the last decade, and that only severe cuts will allow the world to avoid climate extremes. In this week’s edition of Being Green, Glynis Crook speaks to UCT professor Brett Cohen, one the lead authors of the latest report, about the finding. Cohen is also one of the directors of The Green House, a sustainability consultancy.

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