City Parks marks World Environment Day by unveiling food gardens

World Environment Day is undoubtedly one of the most significant and widely celebrated global environmental calls, to action.  It is with this in mind that the City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo aims to spearhead a series of events in line with the theme, “Think. Eat. Save”.

The anti-food waste and food loss campaign, aims to encourage the global community to reduce our ‘foodprint’ in the wake of the annual wastage of 1.3 billion tons of food.  This catastrophic figure is equivalent to the amount of food produced in the whole of Sub-Sahara Africa.  Ironically 1 in 7 people in the world go to bed hungry every day and more than 20 000 child

South Africans Say “No to GMOs!”, Join Global “March Against Monsanto”

On May 25th, South Africans will come together in cities throughout the country to demand democratisation of South Africa’s food systems, and the elimination of dangerous and harmful “Genetically Modified Organisms” from Africa. The action will coincide with protests in dozens of countries around the world involving millions, all united against US agro-chemical company Monsanto and GMOs, and in favour of Food Sovereignty Now!

On Saturday, May 25th, 2013, civil society activists and ordinary South Africans will gather outside the Johannesburg offices of US agro-chemical giant Monsanto, in a protest against the company’s aggressive efforts to force “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) on South African consumers and farmers.

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South Africa's electric vehicle plan

The Nissan Leaf, the world's first mass-produced electric car.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced plans, including incentives for manufacturers and possible tax incentives for consumers, aimed at establishing an electric vehicle industry in South Africa.

Speaking at the launch of the Electric Vehicle Industry Roadmap in Johannesburg on Thursday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that South Africa should not be "left behind" in greening technologies and inititiatives, adding that there was an overwhelming case for the transport industry to reduce its carbon footprint.

South Africa running dry

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Water is a precious and finite commodity in a country like South Africa, and yet provinces in South Africa on average experience an above 30% annual water loss.

In a report entitledThe State of Non-Revenue Water in South Africa that was published in 2012 the results of national water loss per province were given.

Joburg to host 2014 C40 Mayors Summit

The City of Johannesburg has been selected to host the fifth biennial C40 Cities Mayors Summit in February 2014 which will focus on urban solutions to combat the effects of global climate change.

During the summit, hundreds of urban and climate change leaders from around the world will join mayors from the world's largest cities for three days to highlight a wide range of successful ongoing projects from around the world, including building efficiency standards, sustainable transport measures, and delta cities partnerships.

Crowdsourcing to tackle SA water leaks

Multinational technology giant IBM has launched a crowdsourcing project to help capture, share and analyze information about the water distribution system in South Africa.

The project, called "WaterWatchers", is driven by a new mobile phone application and SMS capability that will enable South African citizens to report water leaks, faulty water pipes and general conditions of the country's water infrastructure for 30 days starting from World Water Day, 22 March.

Let’s talk water…

It is National Water Week this week, with World Water Day happening today, so now is the perfect time to stop to think about just how much water you really use.

Living in a water-stressed country as we do, water is a resource that we should be protecting like gold.

Electric cars on SA roads soon

As the world battles to find ways to avoid the threat of climate change, South Africa says it will also show how vehicles powered by renewable energy could contribute to cutting carbon emissions.

In what officials have described as a ground breaking pioneering initiative for the South African automobile market, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Tuesday introduced the department&rsq

Hundreds celebrate World Wetlands Day

The City focused its attention on pupils because they are future leaders

A group of about 200 pupils from primary schools around Johannesburg attended an intensive three-hour lesson on the importance and value of wetlands.

The programme, held at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, formed part of the World Wetlands Day during which communities are every year sensitised on the importance of wetlands.

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