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Trees for Zambia 2014 (15 June to 6 July 2014)

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Join an exciting reforestation and eco-education festival of action at the mighty Victoria Falls! Just like in previous years, Greenpop will be planting a few thousand trees and spreading eco-education in an effort to fight the drastic deforestation in the Livingstone area – and you can be part of it!  This greening social enterprise offers you the chance to join them for one, two or three weeks to plant trees, educate children, learn about environmental issues yourself through a range of lectures and workshops, enjoy brilliant live music, and explore this beautiful corner of Africa!

Zambia has seen rampant deforestation in recent decades, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal. According to the UN-REDD programme, Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year. In an article published in The Zambia Daily Mail in July 2012 the Director of the Zambian Forestry Department, Mrs Anne Masinja, says,
“Management of the forest has been a challenge following massive deforestation due to charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural and unsustainable land use practices. It is a pity that most people do not realise the harm they are causing to the environment due to cutting of trees. Loss of forests contributes as much as 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year and this is very dangerous, we need to do something to stop this.”

http://www.greenpop.org/projects/trees-for-zambia/

Trees for Zambia 2013 Pic 2 by Sarah Isaacs

Participation Programme Project

Creative types, strong leaders, and eco-warriors with big ideas and skills to share – this project is perfect for you!

After two successful Trees for Zambia projects, Greenpop is ready to add a very interesting element to what they dub their ‘festival of action’.  They want to start transforming Trees For Zambia into a large-scale collaborative project where environmentally minded people from around the world can share new ideas, solutions and lessons in the field of sustainability. Practical hands-on workshops will be offered and innovative ideas presented.

To do this they are focusing on participation and are looking for innovative participants who would like to host workshops, initiate projects or present on environmental issues in Livingstone during our Trees for Zambia Project.

For more information about the Participation Programme and how to apply and be accepted as a contributor, click here: http://www.greenpop.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Trees-for-Zambia-Participation-Project-Application.pdf

Earth Fest

To reward planters for their hard work during the week, the organization always kicks off the weekend with a Friday night concert, featuring talented artists from all over southern Africa.

However, during the middle weekend of Trees for Zambia, Greenpop will host Earth Fest; a TREEmendous celebration weekend. They’ll add fun environmental exhibits and inspiring knowledge sharing, followed (of course, as the fun factor is very important for Greenpop) by a rocking party with exceptional live music. As a Trees for Zambia attendee, you’ll be able to be part of this fun weekend if your dates align – Earth Fest is 27th/28th June 2014.

Trees for Zambia 2013 pic by Sarah Isaacs

Cape Town Launch Party at TwentyFifty!

Trees for Zambia 2014 will be officially launched during an after-work event at TwentyFifty, above Truth CoffeeCult at 36 Buitenkant Street in Cape Town, from 6 pm to 9 pm. During this evening, Greenpop will present Trees for Zambia’s history and objectives, films on the project will be screened, and past participants will share their experiences. And of course there will be great live music, delicious drinks and snacks, and happy vibes.

Cool as Folk in Gauteng to launch Trees for Zambia

Greenpop is also throwing their 7th Cool as Folk party over 2 nights (one in Jozi and one in Pretoria) to launch Trees for Zambia in Gauteng both headlined by SA’s best live act Jeremy Loops. Come party for trees:

28 Feb – JHB – Town Hall & The Woods – 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg

1 March – PTA – Arcade Empire  – 256 The Highway, Equestria, Pretoria

Tickets for both parties available on webtickets here: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409481799

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Tickets and Trees for Fees

For information about tickets to attend Trees for Zambia for 1, 2 or 3 weeks, please email Zambia@greenpop.org – there are group discounts too!

Additionally, Greenpop offers a cool way to come to the festival through raising trees – Trees for Fees programme! This allows you to fundraise for trees and get a discount on your event fee. The more trees you raise, the more discount you get. If you do well, you could come for free! It’s easy – ask your friends, family, colleagues, schoolmates to buy a tree each for the project and help you get there to plant them too. (Please note that the project fee does not include getting there.) They’ll set you up with your own URL and all the tools you need as well as some cool ideas for tree raising! To find out more about Trees for Fees, email zambia@greenpop.org or click here: http://www.greenpop.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Trees-For-Fees-Zambia-2014.pdf

More information:

Greenpop has a few media spaces available on the project. To enquire about media tickets, please contact Marleen@greenpop.org or will@greenpop.org

 

As always, you can find out more about Greenpop at…

Website www.greenpop.org

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GreenpopTreevolution

Twitter – https://twitter.com/greenpopSA

Instagram – http://instagram.com/greenpopsa

GreenpopTreevolution Youtube channel (watch all our videos) – http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenpopTreevolution

Trees for Zambia Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?

v=kGdN8F_igVo

Pictures of Trees for Zambia 2012 – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a. 613476672003402.1073741830.140517169299357&type=3 Pictures of Trees for Zambia 2013 – https://www.facebook.com/ media/set/?set=a. 613476672003402.1073741830.140517169299357&type=3

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I heart Market – February Sale Market Saturday 3 February: 9am – 2pm

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February is the month of love and the I heart Market will celebrate with its traditional bi-annual “sale” market on Saturday 3 February from 9am to 2pm at  Northlands Primary School, in Durban North.

Following two busy and packed festive season markets in its new home at Northlands Primary School, which was well received by customers, February’s I heart Market will offer a range of discounted products.

“We were over the moon with the turn for our first markets at Northlands Primary, with a steady stream of customers, and great sales for our traders who are all small business entrepreneurs,” enthuses Manager of the Market, Tanith Molliere. “Our February market is kind of the “January Sales” market with great offers to help those budgets that may have been stretched during the holidays.”

February’s Market promises a magical shopping experience with wares created with love and care by local artisans and small businesses, reflecting a deep commitment to their artistry and craft.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – there will also be a gorgeous array of “romantically-inspired” products available.

As always, the market is filled with handmade treasures ranging from fine leather goods, unusual ceramics, exquisite jewellery and accessories, innovative visual art, home decor, plants, clothing, condiments and pickles, cured meats, a delightful selection of delicious baked goods. Of course, the usual mouth-watering array of food truck eats, catering to every palate including vegan and vegetarian.

There is also a secure play area for children between the ages of 1 and 6, with qualified Teacher’s Assistants in attendance available for the morning for those parents who want to take a break to shop or enjoy some delicious food. There is a fee of R100 for the morning or part thereof. A “pram park” is also available for people to leave their prams whilst shopping to help avoid congestion in the hall.

The market is housed in the school hall and surrounding gardens from 9am to 2pm, and takes place rain or shine as most of the traders are under cover.  Parking is available in designated school areas, with security guards to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

For more info contact info@iheartmkt.com.

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East Coast Radio House + Garden Showcases Diverse Crafts and DIY Experiences

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The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is back, and this year it promises to be a haven for craft enthusiasts and those seeking interactive DIY experiences. Crafting has come a long way from scrapbooking and papier-mâché, we have an incredible line up of specialist crafters that will expand your imagination! With a focus on engaging activities for all, this year’s craft traders will offer a variety of hands-on experiences at their stalls. From crafts for the kiddies to offerings for health and beauty enthusiasts and creative entrepreneurs, visitors can expect an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and creativity.

Craft for the Kiddies
A Toy for You, distributor of toy brand Melissa & Doug, will be a highlight of the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Renowned for their classic wooden toys and realistic pretend play sets, Melissa & Doug products inspire creative thinking through screen-free open-ended play. At the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see and purchase top Melissa & Doug items that are well-crafted and designed to ignite the imagination. The exhibit will also feature a colorful and creative play zone where children can engage with popular toys, such as a wooden kitchen, art easel, and wellness area. Daily themed activities, including sand art and slime workshops, will also be hosted, providing children with countless ways to encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and discovery.

Craft for Health and Beauty Enthusiasts
Alchemists’ Lab offers a unique and new way to experience self-care. With a focus on discovering top-notch, safe, and naturally derived skincare products for diverse skin types, The Alchemists’ Lab sources and develops high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors to their exhibit will have the opportunity to engage in a live interactive Bath Bomb and Bath Salts Station. Participants can personally tailor their products using premium ingredients, choosing scents, colours, and botanicals to create bath bombs and salts that suit their preferences. This immersive crafting experience allows individuals to unleash their creativity and produce items that bring joy and tangible health benefits. In addition to exclusive show discounts, visitors who tag Alchemists’ Lab on social media will receive a promo code for their online store. Every purchase made at their stall during the House + Garden Show will enter visitors into a giveaway to win an entire range of their products.

Craft for Creative Entrepreneurs
Cricut™, a worldwide phenomenon and pioneer in smart cutting machines, opens doors for small business owners and creative individuals through their user-friendly app and versatile devices. Their cutting-edge technology enables the personalisation of various items, from custom cards to unique apparel. At the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, the highly anticipated EasyPress 3 will be made available for purchase. This portable heat press combines speed and convenience with the genius of the Cricut Heat™ app. Visitors at the Cricut stand will have the opportunity to participate in a “spin the wheel” activation and win the chance to personalise a mug, water bottle, or t-shirt free of charge. The aim is to inspire creativity through hands-on experiences, ensuring that everyone leaves the Show with a sense of accomplishment and takes home a personalised item they can cherish. Make sure to visit the Cricut stand for daily prize giveaways and stand a chance to win an exciting Business In A Box competition.

“The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show offers a unique platform for craft traders to showcase their talents and engage visitors in exciting DIY experiences. Whether it’s exploring the world of imaginative play, indulging in self-care through customised products, or unlocking creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will find an array of creative exhibitors ready to inspire your inner artist,” shares Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the House + Garden Show.

For more information and to stay updated on the latest news about the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show sponsored by Plascon, visit www.housegardenshow.co.za or follow @housegardenshow on Instagram and Facebook.

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Green Corridors LitterBooms Team Urges Action to Combat Plastic Pollution on World Oceans Day (8 June)

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As part of its observance of United Nations World Ocean Day (8 June) Durban-based Green Corridors urges action from citizens to combat plastic pollution as part of its drive to try to reduce the amount of plastic waste flowing into the oceans in our rivers.

World Ocean Day is an observance day set to remind all global citizens of the “major role the oceans have in everyday life. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans.”[1]

1869: Photo by Val Adamson: Jabulani Ngwenya and Sifiso Luvuno – Green Corrirdors Team community members from Johanna Road clear the waste from the litter boom on an Umgeni River tributary.

One of the critical interventions that countries are looking at is how to prevent plastic going into the ocean. Green Corridors, is an NGO that looks after green spaces and supports communities to work with these spaces, has installed 16 litterbooms onto waterways in the eThekwini Municipality to minimize the flow of plastics into the Indian Ocean.

These litterbooms are large plastic pipes that trap floating waste; the waste is collected by local community co-ordinators, and sorted. Plastics that are not able to be recycled are taken to the Green Corridors KwaMashu Materials Beneficiation Centre and through a process combined with other materials are converted into “green” pavers.

Siphiwe Rakgabale: Green Corridors litterboom co-ordinator and director of Tri-Ecomvelo, Siphiwe Rakgabale at a previous SAFRIPOL/Green Corridors beach clean up

Green Corridors’ litterboom co-ordinator, Siphiwe Rakgabale, says, “There is something like 75- 199 million tons of plastic waste floating about in the oceans, mostly flowing into the sea from rivers. This plastic pollution not only endangers marine biodiversity but also contributes to climate change.”

“Last year Green Corridors were able to remove 2 tons of plastic from our 16 litterbooms,” says Rakgabale. “But this is a fragment of what could be captured and redirected. The waste comes down these water ways through the inappropriate use of storm water drains, lack of waste management services around informal settlements and lack of awareness amongst consumers about the impact of the products they buy”

Green Corridors is calling upon governments, businesses, communities, and individuals to take action and support initiatives that help to minimize the waste flowing into the oceans.

“By investing in sustainable waste management systems, promoting recycling, and raising awareness about the importance of reducing plastic consumption, we can create a positive and lasting impact on our oceans and the planet as a whole,” says Rakgabale.

Aerial view of Blue Lagoon and Durban’s spectacular coastline – with the Beachwood Mangroves in the foreground. Reasons to care for our waterways and ensure we keep waste away from the rivers as they affect the health of our oceans. Green Corridors has 16 litterbooms set up on rivers around Durban to try to prevent waste from flowing into the oceans. Photo TCM Photography/Green Corridors

Green Corridors will participate in a number of events during the month of June to create awareness around waste management and recycling related to the oceans:

  • On Saturday 10 June at the World Oceans Day Swim Green Corridors will have a stand at the Durban Beach Club where you can meet the team involved in the litterboom, and clean-ups.
  • Also on Saturday 10 June from 2pm, the KwaMashu School of Dance Theatre will be performing at the Global Water Dance Festival at Green Corridors – Green Hub open Grass area.

For more information about Green Corridors go to https://durbangreencorridor.co.za/

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