Eco Tips

Click on the links en watch our fabulous eco-tips:

  • Rumarque Cowan, member of our Green Team, tells us more about why it’s important to take Plastic Free July seriously. Check the video HERE. Also, check out some helpful tips on how we can drastically reduce the use of plastic HERE

 

  • Clean air – On 18 March this year, our Supreme Court declared that every South African has the right to clean air. However, air pollution will remain a problem in South Africa for a long time to come, due to our dependence on fossil fuels for energy generation. Rudolph Scharneck from our Green Team explains how we can each help make a difference: https://youtu.be/rUOTdP2Y28w.

 

  • On Friday 3 June we celebrate World Bicycle Day. If you are not yet a regular cyclist, you can dust off your bike and hit the road. Or better yet – make some friends and drive to work together. This not only guarantees a much healthier lifestyle, but also benefits the environment, as we then consume less fuel. Read more about this at World Bicycle Day: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bicycle-day We thank Hanli Groenewald of our Green Team who provided the information. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/sosrfbqc3BQ

 

  • On the 5th of June, we will celebrate World Environment Day. But why is it necessary? How do we show respect for our environment that gives us life? Without water, oxygen and clean air we can not live. We must therefore do everything in our power to keep it as pure as possible – every human being has a responsibility to help preserve the environment. There are many ways we can help preserve the earth. This week, Noxolo Fihla from the Green Team gives us some nice practical ideas on how you can make a plan out of your kitchen. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/1nJYPGukB24

 

  • Do what matters!Do not let all the ecology problems overwhelm you – there is good news! If we ALL stand together, the whole world can become a better place to live. Many thanks to Rudolph Scharneck for his inspiring contribution on what can be done.

 

  • ECO-FRIENDLY FIRE STARTERS: Many thanks to Sam Chamberlain of our Green Team for this week’s eco-tip on fire starters.
    With winter on the horizon and more fireplaces and braai fires to be lit, it’s important to purchase eco-friendly fire starters. In this video, Sam explains to us how easy it is to just make something like this yourself and gives three easy examples.Take a look at this: https://youtu.be/fxeluEZ7l-s
  • Earth Day Friday 22 April: It is very important that we as humans “befriend” the earth. We find this thought not only in Christians like Francis of Assisi, but also in people of other faiths around the world.In this regard, Rumarque Cowan of our Green Team wants to challenge us as Christians to ask ourselves on Earth Day if we are truly FRIENDS of the earth. Ask all of you to consider if that’s how you feel about the plants, animals and every living thing on this earth?I’d like to pose the question: How important is the health and future of God’s creation to you? Now, with the world at many crisis points, we are committed to achieving a new era of prosperity, strength and security for all people. We’ve made progress together to provide the safety net and help for a safer and more prosperous future, but more must be done.On Earth Day this year, we will also work together with people of all faiths to advance a cause greater than any one of us. To grow a long-lasting earth. For more information visit www.earthday.org or follow the hashtag #InvestInOurPlanet.

 

  • On Wednesday 13 April we celebrate International Plant Appreciation Day. Celebrating plants may sound strange, but we owe our entire existence to plants. Without plants we can not breathe or eat – we can basically do nothing if it were not for plants! So, what is this day about and why should we care? Many thanks to Dewald Hoffmann of our Green Team who gives us the reasons for this this week: https://youtu.be/HvOF1ixHfIk

 

  • On Tuesday 22 March, we celebrate International World Water Day. On this day, it is important that we try to help everyone around us be aware of how precious water is. Let us regain respect for the water at our disposal and try to live as water-wise as possible.We thank Hanli Groenewald of our Green Team for the info:https://youtu.be/OX3oH8IY7Zs

 

  • What could be more wonderful than waking up in the morning with the cheerful chirping of birds in front of your bedroom window? (It’s significantly softer on the ear than the six o’clock news.) But how can you lure them there? It’s easy. This week, our Green Team member, Marizanne Pfeil-Wessels, tells you how you can make your own a bird feeder in your garden with a ceramic pot and rope.https://youtu.be/3cBHAc6FwS8

 

  • Why are our wetlands so critically important? Rudolph Scharneck explains, “Water plays a very important role throughout the Bible. Jesus uses living water as a metaphor for the salvation He brings. Water is critically important for all life on earth. Unfortunately, too many people see this as an inexhaustible source. The reality is that fresh and clean water is very limited. Wetlands are natural water purifiers.World Wetland Day was celebrated worldwide on Wednesday 2 February, but what exactly is a wetland and why is it critical that it be preserved?”Feel free to watch this video and stand in awe. It is especially very suitable for use by teachers.

 

  • LISTEN – TOGETHER – FLOURISH: Dewald Hoffmann, leader of Witness Ministry’s Ecology Project Team, invites all individuals, church leaders and congregations on behalf of their Green Team to become involved in our global environmental crisis this year. Their dream is to help make it easier for all of us and to guide us from a biblical perspective, so feel free to watch this video.

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann from our Green Team was kind enough to give us a summary of the recent COP26 meeting. It took place in Glasgow from 31 October to 11 November and was an attempt to establish in more concrete terms an action plan against climate change and ecological defence of our planet. Here we can briefly see what the climate agreement decisions all entail, what the good outcomes of the conference were and what its negative points are. Feel free to watch this video and impress the people around the braai fires this weekend with your ecological knowledge.

 

  • Wednesday 15 September is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Make sure you take part in this important campaign, or better yet – get a group together and go help clean up our beautiful South African coast. Watch Samantha Chamberlain’s info about this: https://youtu.be/wvM_WxjV-rg

 

 

  • This Saturday at 20h30 we celebrate this year’s Earth Hour. But what is Earth Hour? Where does it come from? What’s it all about? And why is it something we as Christians should care about? Rev. Dewald Hoffmann shares all you need to know and how easy it is to take part yourself! https://youtu.be/v7FmikY4dOw

 

  • Our Green Team is part of an ecumenical project, #together4creation and is launching an eco-competition before the schools reopen. Get that creative brain of yours in gear and take part. Reuse or reuse something you would throw away and create something new with it, take a nice photo of it and post it on your Facebook or Instagram and tag it #together4creation or #repurpose. We look forward to what you will create. On top of that, there are nice prizes to be won, such as books that teach you about gardening, vegetable seeds, and many more. We are looking out for your entries! Dewald Hoffmann tells more at https://bit.ly/3qUPHht

 

  • You may have thought that one can recycle everything made of plastic, paper or tin, but that’s not true. Dewald Hoffmann of our Green Team gives eco-tips on products that are not recyclable. Be aware of products that are not biodegradable, contaminated with food or oiliness, components that are too complicated to separate from each other, such as electronic cables (e-waste is an option for recycling), spray cans, batteries, mirrors, etc. He tells more about this on the video: https://youtu.be/dng1dBlRBrY. You can also read more about the topic at https://bit.ly/2TU7Cqh.

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann tells more about the fun #Together4Creation project that encourages people to make beautiful art from things you would normally throw away. He shows how easy it is, for example, to make a beautiful potplant container from recycled plastic. Add #Together4Creation and #season4creation in the post. It’s also part of a competition – post your artwork on social media and win great prizes – #repurpose. Watch https://bit.ly/3hAUOyj

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann from Gordon’s Bay shares some exciting news this week about the upcoming Season of Creation that starts on September 1st. The Green Team would like to share a companion liturgical recourse for preaching in this time, as well as news on the ecumenical project Together4Creation and the Hope and Reconciliation Trust’s Groei-project: https://youtu.be/ixDZ0VF66iE

 

  • Janneke Marais, youth and social worker from DRC Toringkerk in Paarl, talks about the problem of electronic waste (e-waste) and what we can do about it: https://bit.ly/2XQqPLN

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann from Gordon’s Bay and team leader of Witness Ministry’s Eco Team (the Green Team) explains why it is better to use glass rather than plastic. In this month of plastic-free July, our Green Team is appealing to you to cultivate this easy new habit and reuse your glass bottles. Wash it clean, put up new labels and see! You have a beautiful new water or jam bottle – ideal for a nice gift or for your own household use: https://bit.ly/2X9MzlE

 

  • Janneke Marais, youth and social worker from DRC Toringkerk in Paarl, talks about takeaway coffee cups and more eco-friendly alternatives: https://bit.ly/2DkJvfv

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann from Gordon’s Bay and team leader of Witness Ministry’s Eco Team (the Green Team) says, For some July is synonymous with the Plastic Free July campaign (https://www.plasticfreejuly.org). This is part of a wider movement of people embracing alternative lifestyles that are less wasteful. Some, however, remain sceptical on the impact our actions as individuals can truly have on the global environmental crisis: https://bit.ly/3kAUClg

 

  • Marizanne Pfeil from our Green Team and pastor at Hope Faith Community in Somerset West talks this week about growing your own vegetables. You don’t need a big garden for that; a lot of vegetables can also grow in an ordinary pot. Watch how this can be done: https://bit.ly/3ezonQc

 

  • Angelique Ghall, a member of our Green Team and pastor of the URC Vanrhynsdorp, talks to us about how, by using household eco-friendly items in your kitchen, you not only save money but also contribute to the ecological conservation of your environment: https://bit.ly/30V9iEO

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann from Gordon’s Bay and team leader of Witness Ministry’s Eco Team (the Green Team) reminds us that this Sunday (is the Prayer Day for Ecology – we invite all congregations to pray together for the environment and the earth this Sunday. In this video, he gives five steps as guidelines: https://bit.ly/2YETaEk

 

  • This week our Green Team’s Samantha Chamberlain from the Dutch Reformed Church Suider-Strand talks about good alternatives for plastic straws and cutlery. She also talks about the utility of an eco-friendly bag that you can always keep on hand and travel mugs. Get ready for as long as the latches are lifted and you can re-enter the Cedar Mountains or camp next to the sea: https://bit.ly/316fl9w

 

  • Marizanne Pfeil, pastor at Hope Faith Community in Somerset West, talks about material covers instead of sticky plastic over a bowl; that’s a winner! You save plastic and just throw the covers in the wash. Biodegradable plastics are also an option for the exception: https://bit.ly/2YK2ZRv

 

  • Dewald Hoffmann from Gordon’s Bay and team leader of Witness Ministry’s Eco Team (the Green Team) tries to go shopping without using plastic bags – quite a challenge! https://bit.ly/2Z36YZF

 

  • Janneke Marais, youth and social worker from DR Toringkerk in Paarl, explains how easy it is to recycle all your plastic bottle caps and donate it to Sweethearts Foundation (http://sweetheartsfoundation.org/). For every 450kg they will donate a wheelchair to someone who cannot afford it: https://bit.ly/3da9ja3

 

  • Witness Ministry’s Eco Team (the Green Team) shares with us one of their eco-tips for the week. Team leader, Dewald Hoffmann, explains to us what should be done about single-use plastic items: https://bit.ly/35ed9Nf