Knysna initiatives and Greenpop works towards regrowing forests

During Greenpop’s first Eden Festival of Action over 4,000 trees were planted by 265 participants and volunteers. Operating from Peace of Eden Vegan and Eco Lodge in Rheenendal, the festival’s sites spread throughout the surrounding areas ranging from Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield to Touwsranten, … Continued

The art of the eco-mindshift – TED talk by Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko’s unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting “fish,” planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

Eleven good things about Cape Town’s Drought

By Patrick Dowling Published in the WESSA (The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) newsletter Beyond the clamour around who’s to blame, conflicting scenario descriptions of day zero and its predicted date, individual and community responses and helpful tips, … Continued

Artwork of the week: ‘Conservation Coast’ beach calligraphy by Andrew van der Merwe

Using only specially designed tools and sand as materials, Andrew van der Merwe sculpts transient artworks on beaches across South Africa… I’ve had the privilege to attend one of his workshops during Stories of Rain – the South African leg … Continued

Artistic Lanzarote Vineyards of the Volcanic Canary Islands

The artistic Lanzarote vineyards of the volcanic Canary Islands are not only completely innovative, but also beautiful. Lanzarote, as mentioned in a previous post, is one of the Canary Islands, and was once home to an accomplished artist, César Manrique. … Continued

Artwork of the week: at from the garden by Lesley Kendall

This artwork is not necessarily chosen as the artwork of the week on its own as a single work, but rather because it forms part of an inspiring and important approach to art. Lesley Kendall paints from life, making art … Continued

Support KhayaWeb: an online platform for Khayelitsha

Support Khayaweb! Funds are currently being raised to develop a website to promote Khayelitsha. The website will feature organisations and people doing good things in Khayelitsha currently not featured in the world wide web. Khayelitsha is Cape Town’s largest township. … Continued

Talking about conservation

So I attended Conversations in Conservation at Fairy Knowe in Wilderness. And I’m so glad I did! It was informative, inspiring and interesting. Some of the highlights for me were: Gabriel Scholtz (Working For Water– Invasive clearing and the SANPARKS … Continued

Artwork of the week: Dandelion drying by Greg Patch

3 stages of drying Dandelion leaf and root photo-sketched. At three separate drying stages Patch moved the plant material to air the process, preventing mold and to prevent the plant material from sticking to the wood surface. Each reset becomes … Continued