Why 2017 is the year dot.

In the original year dot the Earth was a healthy planet, but over time humans have multiplied, made some poor choices and the Earth is now in crisis.

How do you fix a planet, where do you even start?

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Actually, it’s simple; you download an app and you Do One Thing.

The #DotChallenge is an acronym for Do One Thing and works on basic maths.

I can commit to saving 3500 litres of water a month by having a shower instead of a bath. Big deal. But if a hundred or a thousand or a million people in my city do the same thing, it makes a huge difference.

Once you start making small changes to save water, conserve energy and reduce waste it starts becoming a way of life.

The DOT app provides ideas or DOTS that you can commit to and covers everyday actions relating to water, waste, energy and conservation.

It is an easy way to create awareness, start conversations and change mind-sets and habits.

The app was launched on 1st January 2017. Download here for Android and here for iPhone.

When the world goes dotty it will be a good thing.

For a full explanation of the DOTChallenge and the app, click here.

These guys are totally dotty

Two intrepid adventurers will be rowing the Cape to Rio route to raise awareness for the DOT Challenge and you can follow their progress on the app, and see the number of dots grow as more people download it and start adding their dots.

Clyde Barendse and Braam Malherbe will be rowing 6700km over 2 to 3 months in this tiny craft, the Mhondoro.

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The boats weighs about a tonne fully laden, which is quite a weight to propel by rowing.

It has a tiny cabin that contains the navigation equipment, charts, personal gear, a tool box, medical kit and provisions. There is just enough space for one person to curl up and sleep or two people to sit with the door closed during extremely adverse weather conditions.

On the other end of the boat is a much smaller cabin that houses the auto and manual helm that controls the rudder. The rudder can be programmed via a remote by Braam or Clyde while they are rowing. During rough conditions and large swells the back rudder will be used to allow the boat to surf the waves. Approaching the waves side on would cause the boat to capsize, although it is designed to automatically right itself.

The rest of the space on the boat is taken up by the two slide rowing seats. For the entire duration of the trip Braam and Clyde will be strapped to the boat.

The days and nights will be a never ending cycle of eat |  sleep  |  row | repeat.

Eating.

The boat is stocked with freeze dried food sufficient for 90 days. Only 30% of the meals are wet food, and are of the boil in a bag variety, cooked on a Jetboil in 3 to 4 minutes. The average meal contains 800 calories and extra treats include biltong, almonds and macadamia nuts.

This is not a foodie adventure, its pure survival.

Water will be obtained via a battery powered Schenker Water Maker. The battery is charged via the solar panels on the top of the cabin and the hatch. A hand operated water maker is on board as a back-up.

Entertainment

To break the endless eat, sleep, row routine, Braam and Clyde will take turns to go overboard into the sea every day, attached to the 40m line. This is bath and toilet time, recreation time and a chance to observe and record what is happening in the ocean.

They will be taking photos and video with a GoPro Hero 5 and a low light 4k camera.

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The 1st January was the planned launch date but poor weather conditions prevented Clyde and Braam from starting their epic journey, and they are still waiting for the go ahead from the weather gurus.

Download Windy.tv  This is a great app to see how wind, currents and swells will affect their trip, and give you your daily weather where ever you may be.

Follow the conversation at #DOTChallenge and #CapeToRioRow

FOLLOW THE CAMPAIGN ON SOCIAL MEDIA

DO ONE THING

Facebook /DotDo1Thing

Twitter @DOTDo1Thing

Instagram @DOTDo1Thing

Earning your stripes is so last year, get out there and go dotty.

I have downloaded the app and created my profile. I challenge all my blogger friends and every one of my 98 000 Twitter followers to do the same.

We will make a difference.

I can’t fix the planet but I can DO ONE THING.

New. African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai.

Lost forever.

Ninety birds a week.

Every week.

Since 1956.

Seabirds need our assistance.

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The World Class facility that was opened in Gansbaai on 26th February 2015 is love in action.

APSSZA is the result of a community working together, inspired by a man with a vision. A man who prefers animals to people.

A man who quotes Kahlil Gibran when telling us about the people who helped him to make this dream a reality.

“It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. And there are those who have little, and they give it all”

Wilfred Chivell gives his all to everything that he does. He inspires, cajoles and motivates others to to do the same.

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The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary will make a difference.

Pierre de Villiers of Cape Nature Conservation says ” the key to decision making is good science.”

APSSA will be practicing good science. Animals do not need to be managed, they know what to do. People must be changed and we need to improve in how we do things. Education plays a vital role in changing people. APSSA will be providing this education.

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The staff at APSSA are so passionate about penguins that they choreographed a dance for the opening, and performed it with big smiles to laughing applause.

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Sponsors include Volkswagen South Africa, Grootbos Foundation, The Dyer Island Trust, Creation Wines, The Wildlands Conservation Trust , Youngman Roofing, Two Oceans Aquarium, Grindrod.

Click the link to donate or see  All sponsors and supporters.

For more information on the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary please visit www.AfricanPenguin.org 

12 easy ways to be kind to the planet. #Earth hour starts at home

Earth hour is a good excuse for a party, hopefully it also makes us think, educates and changes us.

Being kind to the Earth and reducing your carbon footprint begins at home with little things.

12 simple ways to love the Earth.

1. HAVE A CLEAR OUT.

We are all slaves to consumerism in varying degrees. This means we accumulate “stuff”. Pass on what you no longer need, plenty of places will be thrilled with your junk, clothes that have shrunk, shoes that hurt you, impulse purchases or that hideous vase aunty Mabel gave you as a wedding present and you will never, ever use. …………….I’m sure you have got the idea.

2. REDUCE.

Accept the challenge to reduce your rubbish by half, or more. Most schools have recycling programs, use them. Look at your electricity and water bills and make a concerted effort to lower them.Sometimes just being mindful can change your habits. Get creative, brainstorm with friends and family for tips and ideas. Kids will surprise you with their suggestions. Compete with your friends.

3. DRAW UP AN ENERGY SAVING PLAN for your home  Being green can be expensive so plan, budget and make a start. Start with the little things. Replace old globes with eco friendly ones. Use solar lights for outside areas. We have more than enough sunshine.Turn off lights when you exit a room. Don’t spend 10 minutes daydreaming in the shower.

4. TRAIN YOURSELF to think like an eco warrier. Once you start realising how much we all waste, how easy it is to save, be it water, electricity or petrol, you will start finding it easy to recycle, think twice before you buy something, find creative ways to re-use “stuff” or local places to pass on your unwanted goods to.

 

RE-USE       |       RECYCLE       |       REPAIR       |   SHARE

SAVE    |    WATER   |     ELECTRICITY    |   PETROL   |    MONEY

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5.  Walk to your local shop if you only have a few things to buy. Good for your health ,your pocket and the atmosphere.

6.  Water your lawn with your washing machine and shower water. A length of pool hose attached to the outlet pipe works like a  dream. The enzymes in washing powder are good for your lawn, bonus!

7.  Solar powered geysers can be expensive. A water saving shower head and a geyser blanket do make a difference, as does turning your geyser down to 60C, and turning it off during peak times.

8. If you enjoy gardening start removing water greedy plants and replace with indigenous ones. Succulents all flower at some point, love being ignored and require very little water.

9. Buy fresh produce as much as you can. It is generally cheaper, better for you, reduces wastage as you shop for what you need, and it does not require unnecessary packaging.

10. Do not drink bottled water, ever ! SA water is perfectly safe to drink, it comes out of the tap. So much better than in a plastic bottle that will take a billion years to biodegrade.

11. Use a cold wash on your washing machine. It really does work.

12. Tumble driers are for emergencies only. Fresh air and sunshine usually do the job just as well.

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