Bringing the benefits of wind power to life

Helping our clients deliver simple yet compelling communications on their action to support crucial emission reductions projects is one of the most interesting parts of my role.

Wind Power Project in Amayo, Nicaragua

Helping our clients deliver simple yet compelling communications on their action to support crucial emission reductions projects is one of the most interesting parts of my role. Carbon projects use innovative technologies and methodologies to achieve emission reductions, but to the uninitiated they can seem complicated  – so we are constantly looking for new ways to bring them to life. 

Our new motion graphic, the first in a series, tells the story of why wind power is so important for a low carbon future.  We’ve made it available to link to online as one of the tools we offer to improve knowledge and understanding about the different types of emission reduction projects we work with. 

Wind power is an extremely efficient way of reducing carbon and has the potential to be an important part of the energy supply of many countries. Building a wind farm can also have a positive economic effect in developing economies, improving infrastructure and bringing new employment opportunities and skills.

As well as this introduction to the role of wind power, we supply detailed information on each of the projects we support, which is available on our carbon offsets project page. 

Please let us know what you think, and what challenges your business faces around communicating carbon reductions. 

 

Kirstenbosch Training Day- Oct. 3, 2012

Last week, we put on our 2nd Module Workshop at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Over 50 educators, groundsmen, and principles came out for the “Basic Horticulture” training session. 

         

The day began with an icebreaker, where all educators and groundsmen came together to discuss greening and school gardening ideas, the group then headed back to their tables to begin the day’s activities. The day started out in the gardens, where each table worked together as a team to measure and design a garden with a roped off patch of grass each group was given. Once back inside with the dimensions of each garden, the activity continued with garden design techniques and how to best place plant types. The rest of the day’s activities ranged from hands-on seed planting and pruning to learning about soil types, compost making, and how to best plant in each. 

Pumla Gigi, a principle at Ubuhle Care Centre, said of the workshop, “Well, I really enjoyed it, I must say, because… I always wanted to add a garden at our school but it was the type of soil that has prevented us to do that, but now I’ve learnt the type of soil and I explain how to improve the soil so that we can have a garden.”

Theo from Aloe High, also explained what he had learned and wanted to implement at his school, “Well I really enjoyed the workshop a lot because I learned how to utilize the leaves that are falling all over the school, because it is a problem at the school, the leaves, now I know how to utilize that to make heaps and heaps of compost to use all over the flower beds and around the trees…. I learned a lot about that and I can’t wait to give the booklets out too. It’s Eco and I think Eco is the way to go for the future.”

The workshop concluded with planting strategies, how to best stake a tree, and the implementation of a grey water system- using recycled water for your garden and trees. For groundsmen we offered techniques to best care for the trees planted at their school and advice on where they should be planted. For educators and principles the module offered ways in which children can get involved in the tree planting and gardening around their school and community. 

          

Mzikayise Ginya, from Kuyasa Primary expressed what he would take away from the workshop, “I enjoyed it a lot and I think I’m going to implement what I have learned here- yes- to my learners and to my community.”

Transportation ran smoothly, from pick-up to drop off at our three designated areas around Mitchell’s Plain, Mannenberg, and Athlone. We would like to thank HG Travelling Services for all their help on the day, to and from Kirstenbosch Gardens.

         

Thank you to Brig Hewitt for catering our delicious lunch.

And a big thank you to SANBI and Kirstenbosch education for partnering with us to make this possible.