To help you understand the motivation for the Go Green campaign, here are a few basic explanations:
a) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Development that takes into account the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the impacts is seen as sustainable because the current and future impacts are considered. If our environment is to benefit present and future generations, we must become more sustainable in our thinking.
b) CLIMATE CHANGE
A change in weather patterns over a period of 20 to 30 years, but also over thousands of years. Climate is not weather (weather is what the conditions are like on a daily basis).
c) GLOBAL WARMING
The gradual rise in the Earth’s temperature over the past 100 years, with a sharp increase since the start of industrialization. Global warming is more often used to refer to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere by certain gases (called ‘greenhouse gases’), and this warming effect has influenced global and local climate change.
d) THE ENVIRONMENT
Our environment can be the green plants, animals, air, water and even buildings around us. The right to a clean and healthy environment for all people is protected by law.
WHY GO GREEN?
- Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Award for the Environmental best practise in not-for-profit category in 2011 (for the All Hands on Waste Programme)
- Access to Electricity Award for High Mast LED Township Lighting in Walmer Location in 2014
- Eco-Logic Award for the Community Partnership Programme Category in 2015/2016 (shared with Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.