FEZEKILE COKILE: As part of Environmental Week 2014, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) team was outside the Day Kaif on Tuesday, 29 July, to spark interest among students about the different uses of water.
The students, which included those doing water management honours, were not only presented with a scientific approach as to how water works but were shown a few practical skills they could use to their advantage when using water.
DANIELA BARLETTA: “[The] green economy is growing like a mushroom,” said Professor Heila Lotz-Sistka at a recent event hosted by the Career Lounge as part of Rhodes University’s Environmental Week. Lotz-Sisitka and other speakers from the Environmental Learning Research Centre focused on the many career opportunities for those with a passion for environmental science.
Speakers spoke about their personal journeys by exploring the environmental research field and their shared love for the environmental science sector was clear.
MARKO SVICEVIC: An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck South Africa just before 12:30 on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale (although other sources have placed it as high as 5.5). It further added that the quake was centred in Orkney, 120km south east of Johannesburg and occurred at a depth of 10km.
The tremor, which was felt as far away as Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gaborone in Botswana; sent many scrambling under their desks and evacuating their buildings.
EMILY CORKE: Grahamstown Riding Club has had to evacuate its horses from some of their stables due to a large fire burning dangerously close to its boundary lines. The fire broke out earlier today in the Grahamstown rubbish dump, adjacent to the stable. Emergency services are on site trying to get the fire under control.
Grahamstown Fire Chief, William Welkom, could not confirm the cause of the fire at this point but he could confirm that there was a vehicle on scene controlling the fire.
ROBYN KIRK: In a bid to save money and reduce carbon emissions, Johannesburg bus company, Metrobushas started the process of running their fleet of buses on environmentally-friendly dual fuel.
So far two Metrobus buses have been fitted with new engines that use dual fuel, a fuel that produces 90% less carbon emissions than regular diesel. Dual fuel is a mixture of natural gas and diesel. The ‘green’ buses are currently running routes in Johannesburg in order to test run the technology.
Claudia Emanuel: Right now, millions of helpless, voiceless animals are locked away in sterile laboratories, awaiting the next poke, probe and torturous experience. There is no way around it - experimenting and testing on animals is cruel.
Beauty Without Cruelty had the initial intention of being present on UCT’s medical campus but they were turned away at the last minute. The organisation has had a stand at UCT’s upper campus for two days in the last week. In correlation with World Week for Animals, 19-26 April 2014, the members have been raising awareness by handing out information on vivisection, offering humane practice guides and opening up discussions with interested students.
Jane Berg: Members of a new anti-rhino poaching activism group ‘The Cliptivists’ argued for their cause at a public meeting in the Environmental Learning Research Centre on April 22.
At this inaugural public colloquium, the group implored audience members to ask themselves “what can I do?” to stem the killing of rhinos.
Strato Copteros: “The horror, the horror”, Marlon Brando’s character, Colonel Kurtz, repeatedly whispers in Apocalypse Now. Brando’s breathless drawl as eerie as the ubiquitous photos of dead rhino with gaping facial wounds we too often see.
Our repetitive exposure to the horror now breeding a soul-numbing trauma fatigue; created by a mixture of heartbreak and a resigned sense of pointlessness. Red horns and “dehorn poachers” bumper stickers to show we care. Online petitions to do something. Donations to contribute somehow. What else? How much more? Now what? Are we winning yet?
Tracey Ruff: What do Al Gore, candle-lit lanterns, Wits students and the East Campus Library Lawns have in common?
The answer is simple: environmental awareness.
On Thursday evening, Wits Generation Earth society members hosted a screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth under the canvas of the night skies on the Library Lawns.
Staff Reporter: Grahamstown residents as well as Rhodes students gathered for the ‘Global March for Lions’ to protest and raise awareness about canned lion hunting, on 15 March. The march began on High Street at the Drostdy Arch, then proceeded to the Cathedral. “There was a good turn up,” commented Jenny Copley-Forster, head of Farm Animal Centre for Education and organiser of the protest.
During the march the drum beats of Kestrel Raik, chairman of Drum Soc, and Emma Thompson were accompanied by struggle song, ‘Lion Song’ composed by Siviwe Mafani. Once outside of the cathedral protestor and local poet Harry Owen read the poem ‘Best Selling Father and Son Hunting Package Deals’ by Valerie Laws to the protestors.