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The news is full of overwhelmingly bad news, forests are burning, ice is melting, the wellbeing of all people is not being prioritised and we are not feeling heard. Let’s not get anxious, but active, each in our own way, starting today. Here are 15 ways to take action and play a positive part in […]

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Rising from the riots – what will save us? 4

My hometown has been a war zone for the last few days, my heart is sore and the adrenaline  has been bubbling just below the surface with everyone in fight or flight mode. Normal everyday tasks seemed meaningless and irrelevant with the dull thud of tear gas explosions and distant screams in the background. And […]


If I were president for a day | Buyekezwa Ndlumbini

    I met Buyi at Dwesa Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape where she was working as an intern for her nature conservation studies and receiving a basic stipend for her time. It was a short contract though and she had no further prospects for permanent, gainful employment when it finished and this was […]

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Changemakers in the making – Imagine Scholar 2

“Imagine Scholar is a place where I become who I want to be, where I don’t have to pretend to fit in. Spending a day at Imagine Scholar means I get to explore my deep interests, which grow and enrich my life with authentic happiness.” Given Sandamela, Grade 10 Founded in 2009 and set in the rural Nkomazi region […]


How I reduced my use of nappies radically 4

When I fell pregnant the second time the only thing that dampened the flurry of excited butterflies in my belly was the thought of having to deal with the daily onslaught of pooey nappies again. Little did I know then that I wouldn’t have to! My second born was successfully having his number two on […]

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How to take action – Plett Knysna Fires 2

The smoke may have cleared, but now the rebuilding of lives begins…. We may have seemed a bit quiet here on the Eco Atlas front lately, but there has been the matter of some firestorms on the Garden Route. It was even on CNN. I think what so many found hard to assimilate is the […]


7 Real Life Water Saving Ways | on Eco Atlas

Dear people of Cape Town, the deep seated ache you feel for rain right now is a constant longing and ever present ache for those of us who live off rainwater. We’ve been living solely on rainwater for the last 10 years, so being keenly aware of water usage has become second nature for my […]

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Of meerkats and mountains | Roadtripping with kids in the Klein Karoo 1

Maybe it’s because of fairy tales, but children gain a keen sense of adventure when you head over any kind of mountain, perhaps they have this vision of another land opening up before their eyes when they crest the last rise. And it’s true, when you wind your way up the Outeniqua Pass, leaving the […]


Can we DO anything about Stikeez 2?

Here are some ideas of how you can take action, but you may have even better creative ideas that will put a stop to campaigns like this even being considered again. Let’s make our voice heard! Please share your ideas in the comments. There has already been a great outcry about the return of Stikeez […]

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10 Tips for Running an Eco Efficient Home 10

So many of us want to do good, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start… Or we feel the state of the world is so overwhelming that it seems like what we do in our homes can’t possibly make a difference. But it does. Everything is interconnected and all the small choices and […]