Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Bond agrees with Vandana Shiva that “the right to pollute is a multitrillion dollar giveaway to the people who caused the bulk of the climate problems” in the first place."
Business Day - News Worth Knowing:
ESKOM’s scramble to mitigate an electricity crisis of gargantuan proportions is likely to accelerate the diversification of the power utility’s energy mix and its move towards renewable energy sources.
With the commissioning of additional coal-fired and nuclear plants several years away before they will bring relief to SA’s overburdened power system, Eskom is turning to alternatives to bring more power in faster.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Scottish churches blaze a trail for eco-congregations action
By staff writers
Church congregations across Scotland committed to environmental action are due to meet in Stirling this weekend to develop and promote their work for people and planet. The event is being sponsored by the Church of Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The all-day inter-church conference will take place on Saturday 19 January at Stirling Baptist Church, coinciding with the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity today.
Organisers say it will celebrate the success of Scottish eco-congregations, and will examine future challenges in raising global warming and climate change awareness within local churches of different traditions.
Eco-congregations have expanded and developed rapidly over the last five years. In Scotland there are currently 172, whilst in England the figure is over 270. Given the population disparities, that indicates a huge level of commitment in Scotland.
The term ‘eco-congregation’ is awarded to churches that have made a commitment to address environmental issues systemically through worship, programmes, the management of church property, outreach and community action.
The idea is to move away from seeing the environment as a "special interest". Resources and an audit are available to those taking part.
The weekend conference also indicates the importance of peer-to-peer support and information sharing.
Speakers in Stirling will include the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's John Ferguson and Fred Edwards from Scottish Environment Link.
Adrian Shaw, climate change project officer for the Church of Scotland, the country's largest denomination, will deliver the keynote speech for the afternoon session.
Mr Shaw declared: “The Kirk is concerned about the implications of climate change not just in Scotland but across the world particularly because of the threat it poses to the poor."
“Eco-congregations have a vital role to play in addressing this challenge”, he added.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here's how it works: Using renewable energy sources like small wind turbines and solar panels, this company develops devices, software and services that enable the creation of small Local Energy Networks. Within these networks, which are mostly privately owned, Qurrent members exchange energy to maximize the efficiency of the energy they produce. Surplus energy is then sold back to the grid to subsidise the network."
Or a mailing list?
Well here's and article that explains some of the reasons Cause Effect: Why social networking is important for non-profits:
Social networking is a fantastic tool for non-profits because it's relatively inexpensive, it allows for an ongoing, two-way dialog between the organization and the people it serves, and gives passionate people a platform to talk about causes and organizations that are important to them.
This blog is just running in a trial phase. I set it up to try to show why SAFCEI should have a blog. If anyone reading this is involved in environmental NGOs, perhaps you could say why you find blogs useful (or not, as the case may be).
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
CAPE TOWN INTERFAITH INITIATIVE
You are invited to attend the following interfaith events:
Wednesday 16 January. 2008, 8.15pm
Moulana Imran Nazar Husein
Anglican Bishop Geoff Quinlan
‘Signs of the last Days’.
Kramer Education Building UCT campus 021 671 9972
Wednesday 23 January 2008, 7 pm
The Centre for Teaching and Learning,& Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Departments of Social Work and Occupational Therapy, University of the Western Cape
Professor Ariella Friedman, Tel-Aviv University, social psychologist dealing with Gender and Intergroup relations
Ahmad Hijazi, Director of Communications & Development Department, Neve Shalom Wahat Al-Salam; lecturer at David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Glenda Wildschut, Chairman, Trustees of the Institute for the Healing of Memories, Cape Town; Leadership and Development Consultant; former Commissioner, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
“Peace and Political Education: Jews and Palestinians in Israel”
Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Recommended donation: general public R30, students, pensioners and unemployed R10
Enquiries: Fortunate Ndaba, email@example.com, 021 8083717
Sunday 27 January, 2008, 2-4 pm
Cape Town Interfaith Initiative
Prayers for the City 2008
V&A Waterfront amphitheatre