Big Bay is one of the venues for #earthday2017. This is the other.
“Princess Vlei has always been a place …where the bird life with its joyful sounds soothes the sometimes angry inner soul.” – Phillip Bam
The Princess Vlei is the gateway to the wetland system that runs through Grassy Park, purifying the water before it runs into the sea. The Vlei has long been treasured by the many citizens who have enjoyed its beauty and tranquility.
The Vlei was named after a Khoisan Princess, who, according to local legend. was abducted by Portuguese sailors while bathing in its waters. During the years of apartheid, it became one of the few natural areas that “coloured” people could visit, after they were forcibly removed by the government to housing estates on the Cape Flats. Though loved by the people, it was neglected by the authorities, and became further degraded when a road was built through it with little regard for conserving its ecology.
Today, over one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, MAKING it the largest civic observance in the world.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, mobilized 20 million Americans from all walks of life. Their actions led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Organizing an Earth Day event or activity is one of the best ways to engage your community to protect the planet. We are currently in the 5 year countdown to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary (Earth Day 2020)!
”Everything has to start somewhere”.