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4 04, 2016

The National Environmental Management Act

The role of the environment within the Constitution of South Africa was discussed in our first blog. Ultimately, Section 24 of the Constitution provides the right to every person for a non-harmful environment and simultaneously mandates the government to protect the environment. The framework to enforce Section 24 of the Constitution is the National Environmental [...]

7 03, 2016

The environment in South Africa’s Constitution

Section 24 of South Africa’s Constitution is dedicated to the environment. It encompasses the preservation and conservation of the country’s natural resources and includes the legal stipulations regarding economic and social issues relating to our biodiversity. The focus of the South African Constitution’s section on the environment is on us, the people living in the [...]

16 06, 2015

How can we begin to understand climate change when there are so many differing opinions

The Knowledge age places so much information in front us, none more confusing than climate change, global warming, extreme weather – and the ultimate survival of the planet. The debate scares me, the future looking grim, even though it will not ultimately affect me, because of my age, but it will my family – and [...]

2 02, 2015

No man is an island

even if he believes it because he lives on one George Monbiot is a well-respected blogger on all things "environmental". He is one of the lead columnists in the UK's Guardian newspaper, now one of the most widely read newspapers in the world, thanks to its forward-thinking owners who continue to increase its digital footprint [...]

20 01, 2015

What’s at Steak ?

Countless initiatives are on the go to reduce greenhouse gases, from reducing the burning of fossil fuels to giving up eating steak. Our favourite whipping boy may be coal-fired power stations, but there is increasing focus on cattle. Such a shift from industrial to pastoral may take you by surprise. But we are not talking [...]

14 11, 2014

How the loss of species can make a difference

There are far more knowledgeable people than me who toil away at trying to make a difference in the world. I write what I see, read and hear. You may not agree with me, but we are all entitled to our opinions. Whoever is right about one of the most serious problems we are facing [...]

25 09, 2014

How the world stumbles – towards a climate Armageddon

The Inability of past governments to get to grips with climate change has been with us for over two decades. Their insular, nationalistic approach to the global crisis prevented the UN from implementing an overarching solution for the world. Unless you have been hibernating, you will have heard and read of global warming and climate [...]