Celebrating Arbor Week

This week is Arbor Week, which means that it’s completely socially acceptable to be out hugging trees in public!

On a more serious note though, Arbor Week, which runs from the 1st to the 7th September, is about raising awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa.

Every day, is a day on earth

At the moment it seems as though there are days, even weeks, for everything. To start with the most obvious are the most famous and well observed. Take for instance religious days in the Jewish, Christian, Musilm, Hindu, Zostran and many other faiths. On the other end of the spectrum is May Day, internationally celebrated throughout the world by communists, workers and socialist of all types. 

You also get Days devoted to historical events. There is the famous American Independence celebrations, St Patricks day (possibly more famous), D-Day and Martin Luther King Memorial Day. In South Africa historical days are peppered throughout our calendar.

International Vulture Awareness Day

The first Saturday of September every year is observed as International Vulture Awareness day by the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, its partners and associates including provincial conservation bodies and several other NGOs involved in vulture research and conservation in South Africa. 

The purpose of this day is to create awareness of the continued plight of all vulture species and to highlight the work done by conservationists to monitor populations and implement effective measures to conserve these birds and their habitats.

The Power is Yours! Why it’s time for Captain Planet to make a return visit

When you think back, it’s scary to consider how different the mid noughties child is to the child who grew up in the early nineties. See, back in the nineties, the internet was a foreign concept, meaning that knowledge could be accessed in one of three ways: school, the library or television. Of these three ways, television was the most accessible and creative. 

Television gave children the opportunity to absorb and experience knowledge in a manner which emphasized playfulness and imagination over dry text. It appeared to be a form of escapism but, in fact, it was an essential learning tool that packaged information in a language that children could understand and identify with.

Welcome to the Joburg Green Map!

We’re about to change how you see Joburg! No longer content with Joburg just being ‘the place of gold’, we’re mapping out the city from a green perspective, giving you a great tool to make greener lifestyle choices and more informed decisions about living sustainably.

Mapping the city

Spot it, snap it and contribute to biodiversity science

SANBI has officially launched iSpot, the new Citizen Science Forum for people to share their sightings of nature. SANBI has adopted and rolled out iSpot in conjunction with the Open University for Southern Africa, following on the tremendous success of iSpot in the UK.

iSpot is essentially an online biodiversity website where all citizens, from taxonomists to the domestic gardener contribute interesting sightings of animals, plants and fungi that they encounter. Any observation, from the wilds or your garden, from an alien to a threatened species, from a known species to a query, from a common species to a rare one, is welcomed.

"Do One Thing" and make a difference

"Our planet is just a dot in the universe; we are just dots on our planet; but, if we each just Do One Thing (D.O.T.) we can make a radical difference."

Melinda, an intern at our sister site - the Cape Town Green Map, recently attended a talk by Braam Malherbe, conservationist, extreme adventurer, youth developer, author, and motivational speaker at the UCT Zoology Department. Here is her report back:

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