Are We Equipping our Youth for Climate Change

November 6, 2009  |  News

Are We Equipping our Youth for Climate Change?

Climate change is a topic with increasing local and international emphasis and renewable energy is seen as one of the important and ignificant solutions. Do the resources available to educators reflect this? Where can good resources be sourced? Are there ‘bad’ resources?

Time: November 10, 2009 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Location: Josephine’s Mill
Street: Boundary Road, Newlands

* Liz McDaid of the Green Connection will demonstrate video and audio esources available for educators via their communication DVD.

* Bishop Geoff Davies of the Southern African Faith Communities environment Institute (SAFCEI) will explain how faith communities are icking up the climate change challenge and present a range of posters and pamphlets that SAFCEI have available for educators.

* Peter Becker will present a case study demonstrating how the packaging and presentation of information can lead to educators being misled.

Each speaker will give a 20 minute presentation which will be followed by an open discussion.

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September 18, 2009  |  News

WWF South Africa, the local arm of one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation, is calling for:


There is now an increasing demand from fishing companies to deliver the Responsible Fisheries Training and thus a business opportunity exists for an interested training service provider.

Background and Rationale for training intervention

For responsibly managed fisheries, it is important to understand the dynamics of individual populations and the ecosystem as a whole. It is equally important to have appropriate policies and regulations in place which incorporate all aspects of an ecosystem approach.  Having policies and regulations in place, while necessary, is not sufficient condition.  If the people on the ground like the fishers themselves, fisheries observers or compliance officers do not understand how and why regulations or management measures are in place there will be little or no implementation.  Therefore it is vital that fishers who are at the coal face of fisheries management are empowered to understand the environment within which they work, the concepts that underpin fisheries management and the thought process behind management decisions.  Observers on the other hand require appropriate training to not only collect verifiable data on which management decisions are based, but are also inspired to raise the awareness and understanding of fishers at sea. Compliance officers, who enforce management actions, cannot do so effectively if they are not equipped with a thorough understanding of fisheries regulations, why the regulations exist and how to implement them.


To equip fishers, compliance staff, fisheries observers and managers with the skills and knowledge to implement an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.

Training courses

The WWF Responsible Fisheries Programme in collaboration with Green Connection has developed short training courses for the fishing industry, compliance staff and fisheries managers.  The course is made up of 4 modules presented over 2 days. The first module is an introduction to an Ecosystem Approach to fisheries and how this is implemented through international and national regulations or permit conditions. Module 2 focuses on the ecological details of an ecosystem approach e.g. bycatch, food webs and marine habitats or ecosystems. Module 3 deals with fisheries management and module 4 focuses on incentives for responsible fishing as well as voluntary and enforceable compliance. Note that this course relates to NQF unit standards 264886 and 264894.

WWF’s proposal

The WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme is looking for a partner to take over the logistics, marketing and delivery of training courses.  WWF provide the following to a training service provider partner:

  1. Learner guide, facilitators guide, assessors guide and a template for the portfolio of evidence
  2. Continuous updating of  course material to ensure it remains in line  with the latest international and national developments in the fisheries sector
  3. Develop new course content and material to address new challenges
  4. Provide course materials and training resources
  5. Train trainers to deliver courses with approved methodology
  6. Monitor and evaluate trainers in order to maintain quality delivery
  7. Undertake as assessment of course effectiveness post delivery of the course
  8. Co-branding of training inventions

The role of a partner institution would be:

  • Market training to the fishing industry, MCM compliance staff, fisheries observers and managers
  • Provide logistics for training courses i.e. invite participants, book venue, provide catering etc.
  • Deliver training courses
  • Provide WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme with training schedule (for random observation)
  • Reproduce  training materials provided by WWF
  • Undertake course evaluations at the end of the course and supply these to WWF
  • Assess the learners and ensure they obtain their certificates – provide reports to WWF.

Financial strategy

To date, the course development and implementation has cost approximately R1.5 million. The programme has been made possible through funding obtained from the fishing industry (R320 000) with the balance of approximately R1.2 million provided by WWF.  The success of the course to date, and the clear applicability of such training to the future sustainability of fisheries management indicate that such courses should be financially sustainable.

WWF proposes to seek donor funding to subsidise the costs of monitoring, evaluation, the further development of course curriculum for the first year with a view for these costs to become self-financing through course fees from year 2. The financial model will be reassessed on an annual basis, depending on the funding availability.

To apply send a proposal of a maximum of three pages outlining your motivation for conducting the training, your capacity to fulfil the role, logistics and a budget to Colleen Potgieter by the 30th of September 2009. For more information call Samantha Petersen or phone 021 421 9167.

Candidates who have not been responded to within four weeks of closing date, kindly accept that your application has not been successful.  WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.

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FARMING SUNLIGHT – Responding to the crisis of climate change

September 17, 2009  |  News


Responding to the crisis of climate change

You are warmly invited to a gathering to hear about some of the latest developments in responding to the growing impact of climate change, and to discuss together how we as people of faith can take part in helping to save our precious earth.

DATE: Tuesday 22nd September 2009

TIME: 17.30pm

VENUE: Temple David, 369 Peter Mokaba Road (Ridge), Overport (near McCord Hospital)

We are delighted to welcome as our guest the well-known expert environmental activist Liz McDaid
of the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute.

Liz McDaid comes with a wealth of first-hand experience and expertise. She interacts with government regulatory authorities and can share with us present thinking about energy generation in the country and worldwide. Even more importantly, she is passionate about encouraging and helping people to respond to the climate change crisis. Do come along and be part of helping to develop a way forward for us all.

Refreshments will be served, so we would appreciate you letting us know if you are coming.

Please phone Saydoon at 031-3735404  / 0732413260 or Sue at 0829307474.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Pan-African Hearings on Poverty and Climate Change

September 17, 2009  |  News

NOTICE: Pan-African Hearings on Poverty and Climate Change

5th & 6th October 2009, Cape Town

Hosted by Oxfam and EMG

The Pan-African Hearings on Poverty and Climate Change will be held on the 5th & 6th October 2009 in Cape Town (at a venue to be announced). The Hearings is one of a number of such events taking place around the world in the lead-up to the International Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen in December.

While the Copenhagen meeting’s focus on emissions reduction, technology transfer, financing and other political agreements is important, we should not lose sight of the real impact that climate change has on real people – and what organised communities around the world are doing!

The Hearings will be an exciting combination of heartfelt testimony, input from dignitaries and experts, performance art, the latest science, interactions with eminent persons, media stunts

—— and a chance for YOU to get involved! —-

The venue will be announced shortly.

Climate Action Partnership Carbon Household Footprint Calculator

September 4, 2008  |  News

Climate Action Partnership Carbon Household Footprint Calculator

The Climate Action Partnership has a Carbon Footprint Calculator to measure your household’s carbon footprint. It gives you a summary of the total tons (carbon) emitted by your household per year and that emitted by each person in your household per year.

Click here for the Climate Action Partnership Carbon Household Footprint Calculator.

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Farming Sunlight Booklet is now downloadable

August 25, 2008  |  News, Publications

Click on one of the links below to download:

Download English version

Download Afrikaans version

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Climate Change DVD now available!

August 19, 2008  |  News, Resources

The Green Connection have produced a DVD which can be used by teachers, trainers, trade unions and community outreach workers, anyone who plans to build awareness about climate change, how it will impact on South Africa and what you can do about it.

The DVD contains audio clips from international experts on climate change, short videos about the impacts of climate change and what it is, as well as a PowerPoint presentation which you can use when running your own workshops.

Included in the DVD are pictures and audio recordings from local workshops held in South Africa, showing how rural South Africans are experiencing climate change.

The DVD has been produced on a non-profit basis and will play on an ordinary DVD player. You do not need a computer to play this DVD.

To find out when and where you will be able to get a copy of the DVD,  please contact Roshan at

Climate Change Workshops in September

July 2, 2008  |  News


More Climate Change Workshops in September 2008

Here is a list of the areas where the next workshops are gonna be held, with their dates:


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Climate Change Workshops

May 20, 2008  |  News

“Ek wil vroeg doodgaan sodat ek nie hierdie klimaatverandering hoef te oorleef nie” – Workshop attendee

“Klimaatsverandering” is a word that reverberated throughout the Succulent Karoo over the last two months as the Green Connection took to the road to inform community representatives about climate change. If we know what is coming, we can adapt to the conditions and still prosper.

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