South Africa’s Eco-Communities lead the way!

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Across the land, communities are taking action to enhance their environmental and social well-being. These five finalists have ‘acted collectively to protect, preserve, or restore the Earth’s life forms, eco-systems, or natural resources’.

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DUCT’s environmental education programme aims to conserve water through education and awareness for improved catchment management.

DUCT Eco-Club Education Programme

DUCT has a vision of a community where all residents possess a basic understanding and appreciation of their river ecosystems. We envisage rivers where water quality and quantity are maintained at acceptable norms with healthy natural riparian zones and where the biological diversity is preserved.

Started in 2009 with five groups of 15 learners, the DUCT Eco-Club Education Programme has grown to include 37 previously disadvantaged schools, comprising of 573 learners from grades 4 – 12.

DUCT supports and learns from people and communities who are or wish to make a difference to the health of our rivers.

The environmental education programme targets school learners and educators, community members and policy/decision-makers. Activities aim to conserve water through education and awareness for improved catchment management.

Community volunteers work directly with DUCT’s Eco-Club members. On weekends, these Enviro-Champs take learners on walks into their local environment during which they identify indigenous trees, find, record, and report sewer leaks and test river water.

www.duct.org.za

DuCT Enviro-Club members

DuCT Enviro-Club members

 

Environmental Education in Action!

Environmental Education in Action!

 

Sobantu Farmers' Association

Sobantu Farmers’ Association

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Our vision is to strategically change the morals and attitudes of our communities, by creating and promoting an environment that is green, clean, safe, healthy and self sustainable for all to live in.”

Go Green and Clean

Established in 2012, Go Green and Clean is an environmental conservation entity based in Eldorado Park, Soweto, Johannesburg.

We Implement five environmental processes, being       Sustainable Agriculture, Litter and Waste Management,    Water and Energy Efficiency and Greening.

We eradicate illegal dumpsites and develop them into crime-free, disability and environmentally friendly recreational parks with botanical gardens for tourism and community use. To promote social and community development, we employ local youth and people with disabilities.

Our community and school awareness campaigns create awareness about the environment and conservation. We also facilitate on site-skills development training on EMS Health and Safety, installation of solar geysers, vegetable tunnels, self-made irrigation systems, recycling, agriculture (farming), waste to art, composting and landscaping.

So far, Go Green and Clean has won several prestigious awards, including two MTK Awards, Mail & Guardian “Greening the Future” runner-up  and an Eco-Logic Awards Certificate of Merit.

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Waste to Art!

Waste to Art!

 

We turn illegal dumpsites into crime-free, disability and environmentally friendly recreational parks

We turn illegal dumpsites into crime-free, disability and environmentally friendly recreational parks

 

Community recycling education is fun!

Community recycling education is fun!

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The community in and around Greyton is striving to become the most sustainable and environmentally aware in South Africa.

Greyton Transition Town

Greyton is South Africa’s first official Transition Town, drawing inspiration from 3000 similar towns worldwide. With a vision to create an integrated and sustainable society, the Western Cape town of Greyton works with neighbouring villages to find local solutions to the global challenges caused by climate change.

As one, the community addresses food security, recycling and waste management and environmental degradation while encouraging renewable energy use, sustainable housing, environmental awareness and humane education.

GTT supports local subsistence farmers to convert to organic farming methods. Each of the six schools in the area has its own vegetable garden and two thriving local markets have been created.

Sustainable green businesses provide employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Six recycling swop shops exchange food and other essentials for clean, dry, recyclable waste.  

The Eco-Crew Programme, for children aged 8 – 18, creates awareness about growing vegetables, cleaning up their community, managing waste and appreciating and understanding their environment.

www.greytontransition.co.za

Children with mountain of waste - Greyton TT

Children with mountain of waste – Greyton TT

 

Greyton kids in vegetable garden

Greyton kids in vegetable garden

 

Eco-Youth finalist Marshall Rinquest at work

Eco-Youth finalist Marshall Rinquest at work

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WE inspire people to grow food, protect water resources and produce zero waste.

Mpophomeni Conservation Group

The Mpophomeni Conservation Group (MCG) consists of food growers, seeds savers, environmental activists and environmental students.

We inspire others in the community to think about their lifestyles with regards to sustainability, resilience, climate change, biodiversity conservation, healthy living and animal rights.

Leading by example, and working with many partners, we influence our neighbours by hosting workshops in the community garden, visiting local schools to get gardens flourishing, instilling a culture of recycling, training many people to conduct water quality tests and monitor sewage spills, and building a growing movement of people sharing similar values.

Their own lifestyles, homes and gardens provide the inspiration to share their vision of a better, greener, kinder and more sustainable future.

www.mpophomeniconservationgroup.wordpress.com

Lindiwe Mkhize, Ntombenhle Mtambo, Penz Malinga and Tutu-Zuma in their community garden

Lindiwe Mkhize, Ntombenhle Mtambo, Penz Malinga and Tutu-Zuma in their community garden

Bulelani Ngobese up clise and personal during a snake awareness presentation

Bulelani Ngobese up clise and personal during a snake awareness presentation

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The alternate economy that works! Impoverished people exchange recycling for things they truly need… blankets to books, toys to toothpaste.

The Recycle Swop Shop Initiative

In 2002, Marilyn van der Velden went into the local community on the periphery of Hermanus to hand out sweets to the kids. She noticed the often-ignored excess of litter and also saw the scores of children merely milling about. At that moment the seed of an idea birthed in her imagination. The Swop Shop was born.

Although every one of the more than 20 current projects has adapted to it’s communities needs and variances, the essence of the project is this: Children collect recycling from around their community. The separated bags are weighed and tokens awarded. These tokens are then redeemed in the Swop Shop for much needed goods such as shoes, blankets, school stationary, toys, non-perishable foods, soccer balls.

Communities are now cleaning their own communities – tons of recycling that would normally end up in the overburdened municipal landfills is being recycled.

Recycling and waste management awareness is being quietly ingrained into the youth. There is no hand out! The more recycling that is collected, the more effort that is applied, the more goods one can attain. Dignity is being returned to those who experience excessive hardship.

www.recycle-swop-shop.co.za/

 

A happy recycler browses for goods in the Swop Shop

A happy recycler browses for goods in the Swop Shop

Knowledge is power - recycling awareness display

Knowledge is power – recycling awareness display

 

Opening day attracts scores of eager recyclers

Opening day attracts scores of eager recyclers