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Join an Earth Hour Adventure dash on 30 March 2019

Everyone will be encouraged to spread a picnic blanket on the lawns while marking Earth Hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm along with millions of people around the world

Get into the spirit of Earth Hour with family or friends by taking part in an orienteering-style adventure dash in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national botanical gardens. Following on two successive years of successful ‘dashes’, WWF will again be hosting Earth Hour Adventure events at the Kirstenbosch National…

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Dr Jackie King wins prestigious Stockholm Water Prize

Dr Jackie King has been named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her game-changing contribution to global river management

WWF South Africa board member Dr Jackie King has been named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her game-changing contribution to global river management. In the citation for the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize, she is recognised for having “advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers methods and…

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Water Source Partnerships critical for South Africa’s future water security

There are still 3 million South Africans without access to treated drinking water within 200m of their house, and 14 million without decent sanitation

Government alone cannot address the challenges of South Africa’s current water crisis. This is the message from WWF during National Water Week (18 to 22 March) which culminates on Friday with World Water Day under the UN-theme of “Leaving no-one behind”.   Under its freshwater programme, WWF-SA is mobilising Water Source…

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Aliens and water heroes

WWF South Africa’s 4th Journey of Water is taking place in the strategic catchment area of the Riviersonderend (which means “river without end”) starting in Greyton in the Western Cape from 11 to 13 March

Riviersonderend falls within the Boland Water Source Area, one of 22 strategic water source areas in South Africa and is the same river that feeds into the Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest dam in the Western Cape which holds 40% of Cape Town’s water supply. Many will be familiar with its…

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Threats to rhinos remain despite drop in South Africa’s 2018 poaching numbers

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) notes that the crisis for rhinos is far from over and it is important to consider the number of live rhinos remaining as well as the number of poaching losses

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has announced official figures showing that the number of rhinos killed in South Africa has dropped from 1 028 in 2017 to 769 in 2018. Poaching losses in the rhino stronghold of the Kruger National Park declined from 504 in 2017 to 421 in…

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One Planet City Challenge 2019 open for entries

Participating cities will be asked to compare their current emissions with the emission reductions needed to reach the 1.5 Deg C target

WWF has launched the One Planet City Challenge 2019 in which cities are being asked to show how they aim to deliver on the Paris Agreement by limiting their climate impact. The new assessment framework for the One Planet City Challenge will be based on data from the UN climate…

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) celebrates a decade of internship success

As a result of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Graduate Internship Programme, more than 100 young leaders now find themselves in strategic jobs supporting South Africa’s journey to sustainability

South Africa’s move towards a green economy will need creative and innovative leaders to tackle the complex social and ecological issues and risks facing us today. Yet, graduate unemployment in South Africa grows at an unprecedented rate each year. New graduates – many with honours and master’s degrees – struggle…

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US Intent to Withdraw from Paris Agreement no excuse for delays in South Africa

The US withdrawing from the Paris agreement will delay the transition and could lead to temperatures peaking at higher levels, with concurrent climate change impacts on millions of people

President Donald Trump announced last night that he would begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the historic Paris Agreement, the world’s first global plan to address climate change. The historic agreement, approved in December 2015, commits nearly 200 countries to pursue all efforts to limit global temperature…

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It’s time for Eskom to show leadership when it comes to renewable energy

Since 2016, Eskom has refused to sign further contracts under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which would put more renewable energy on the grid

Eskom’s on-going scapegoating of renewable energy as the reason behind its financial woes shows a lack of vision, particularly in the light of the urgent need to develop new jobs beyond the coal industry. Instead, the utility should be leading the country into a greener, more equitable energy future which…

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WWF launches petition urging Eskom to back renewable energy

Since 2016, Eskom has refused to sign further contracts under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which would put more renewable energy on the grid

WWF South Africa has launched a petition calling on Eskom to expedite the use of renewable energy in the country as part of this year’s Earth Hour campaign. Earth Hour is an annual global event, during which people are encouraged to switch off their lights on the last Saturday in…