Project – Girl Guides – Bottle Tops – Earth Day 2016
Girls between ages of 8-13 (roughly)
Western Cape has bought into the project to attend a beach cleanup and take part in bottle top art as Earth Day Project. This has potential to be added to annual calendar. Girls have been instructed to start collecting bottle tops. Event date: 23 April 2016 at Big Bay, Eden on the Bay and Muizenberg (details to be confirmed).
Units from around Western Cape have been invited to attend. The event will aim at assisting the girl guides gain publicity and recruit new members. The event will highlight beach cleanups, the impact litter has on the environment, plastic pollution around Cape Town in waterways and on our beaches, the importance of recycling and promote ideas to reuse/ recycle/ repurpose/upcycle/ freecycle as a solution to our ever growing dump sites around the city.
We have agreed that a prize will be awarded to the unit who collects the most. I am looking for suggestions/ ideas for the prize. Perhaps the prize should be a outing for the group to create new memories and experiences together, ie a Cape Town child friendly hike/ touristy spot/ with lunch. Any suggestions for girls in this age group. (I am a boy mom 😉 ) Perhaps you or someone you know would like to offer the girls such an experience, please contact me via inbox.
I don’t think a voucher or similar will have the same effect.
Facebook Pages: Cape West GIRL GUIDES SA / Bothasig Girl Guides and Rangers/ Cape Town Beach Cleanup / PACT – Passionate About Cape Town
Four laws of ecology – Barry Commoner
One of Commoner’s lasting legacies is his four laws of ecology, as written in The Closing Circle in 1971.
The four laws are:
1. Everything is connected to everything else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
2. Everything must go somewhere. There is no “waste” in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.
3. Nature knows best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, “likely to be detrimental to that system”
4. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Exploitation of nature will inevitably involve the conversion of resources from useful to useless forms.
Image: Earth Day 2015. (trial run)