And so should you. The average surface air temperature of Earth has already risen more than 0.7°C over the last 100 years. Growing seasons are shifting. Sea ice is shrinking. Species are being pushed into new territories. And the rate of change is accelerating.
While international organisations and governments have a major role to play, YOU can also make changes to your lifestyle which can make a difference, even if small, to prevent the worst of climate change.
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But alternatives like the bus and train are more energy efficient. They also reduce congestion, noise pollution and commuting stress.
And when you do need to drive, a few simple changes to your driving habits can make a big difference in reducing your car’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Cycling instead of driving to work is a great way to slash your greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your carbon footprint, but it can also help reduce your waistline, reduce stress and reduce strain on your wallet. You can also take your bike onto MyCiti buses at no added cost.
With dozens of km’s of dedicated cycle lanes in Cape Town from Table View to Khayelitsha to the CBD, and hundreds more being built, it has never been easier to hop in the saddle.
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If you buy only what you need and avoid products with excessive packaging, that’s a good start. But our goal must be zero waste going into landfills, especially in Cape Town where land is precious and our biodiversity is unique. Not to mention that landfills put off loads of methane – a potent greenhouse gas.
Separate your waste. Drop off recyclables yourself or pay a service to collect it for you. Start a worm farm. Compost if you have a garden. You can also donate used items and repair broken ones.
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No, squandered drinking water doesn’t directly cause sea levels to rise, but both are linked by climate change. Warmer seas mean higher sea levels, while warmer temperatures mean increased fresh water evaporation.
What’s more, Cape Town’s rainfall patterns are shifting, putting the already scarce resource of potable water even more at risk. The poorest among us are most vulnerable and likely to suffer the worst consequences.
So put in that dual-flush toilet and low-flow shower head, mulch the garden, collect rainwater, cover your pool and share your ideas to help all Capetonians adapt to climate change. Click here to begin.
In Cape Town there are few better ways to take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere than by planting a (water-wise, indigenous) tree. It’s also crucial to care for those trees we already have.
What’s more, trees help soften urban landscapes, reduce noise pollution, create shade, screen the wind and beautify neighbourhoods, making Cape Town more pedestrian- and cycle-friendly, and a better place to live now and for the future. And planting indigenous trees helps us learn about and support our local biodiversity.
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Cape Town’s electricity comes almost entirely from power plants some 2 000 kms away that burn high sulphur, ‘dirty’ coal. Every kilowatt-hour you save helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately there are easy steps you can take – many are no cost and low cost – to reduce your electricity consumption. (And save money!) Turn down your geyser temperature. Shower instead of bath. The list goes on.
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Join Climate Smart Cape Town for Africa’s second Carrotmob: Khayelitsha! Date: Saturday 19 May 2012 Time: 11h00 – 15h00 Where: Malibongwe Restaurant, Lookout Hill, cnr of Mew Way and Spine Road Bookings: 021 361 6259, or email to email@example.com Menu: Carrotmobbers will enjoy a set menu featuring traditional township dishes (R80 [...]Read the rest of the story >>
As I write this, civil society protestors are are engaging in peaceful protests in the Durban ICC at COP17. It is not clear when the negotiations will end. Some say if they move into Saturday this is likely to mean a better outcome. Others are already frustrated with the slow pace of negotiations and lack [...]Read the rest of the story >>
EyeWitnessNews reporter, Taurai Maduna, produced this video about the award winning Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion at the Climate Change Response Expo at COP17 in Durban. The stand uses different coloured crates to create the outline of Table Mountain, with Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak, and is an iconic design that showcases the vision and [...]Read the rest of the story >>
Uno de los aspectos que nos caracteriza es el hecho de que te atendemos no importa que, lo que significa que no hara falta que firmes un contrato de un ano para que te ayudemos. Compra el mejor aire acondicionado Daikin adquirir aire acondicionado Daikin consegir equipo de climatizacion Daikin. Reconocemos lo importante que es el aire acondicionado y el servicio del mismo en casos urgentes y habituales.Read the rest of the story >>
The Woodstock Art Reef Project is a community based environmental awareness art project. WARP is crocheting a coral reef and extends awareness of climate change and sustainable livning at a community level. WARP is looking for partners to extend the educative activities and host an exhibition.artreefproject.ning.comRead the rest of the story >>View all actions >>
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