Ways to Save the Planet, by MAP students

While still at Maru a Pula school, I held a contest to see who could come up with the most number of ways to Save The Planet.  The 3 winners had between 20-30 reasons and I was very impressed with those students!  Props to Hamzah, Gogontlegang, and Deep for their good work.  Some of the … Continue reading

Celebrating 2 Years of the Green Drive at Maru a Pula School

This week we had a two day celebration to commemorate the two years of work done at the school in the way of environmental initiatives.  The atmosphere was lively, with DJs spinning South African house music, a raffle for eco-friendly prizes, and face painting.  There were booths set up by eco-friendly businesses and organizations from … Continue reading

Planting Seeds for an Outreach Garden

Monday’s permaculture group plants seeds to grow seedlings for the garden at the Botswana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  The young man seated in the photo is schooling the others on countries like North Korea and Macedonia.  These kids know what’s up in the world.  Some ears perked up when I mentioned I … Continue reading

Summer Gardens at Maru a Pula

The organic vegetable and herb garden is alive and well at Maru a Pula School.  Term 3 has begun, and the Monday and Thursday groups have some healthy competition going on to see who grows the best garden in 8 weeks.  My suspicion is the winning group will come down to those who water, given … Continue reading

Earth Hour ::: A Symbol to Flip the Switch to Clean Energy

March 27th, 8:30, wherever you are, is an hour to turn the lights off to join millions of people around the world in making a statement about the urgency of climate change. For all of you naysayers- even IF the greenhouse gasses we produce are not causing climate change, they still have very significant impacts … Continue reading

Bring It On: Sustainability to an African School

The Green Drive at Maru a Pula School began February 2009 and I’m thankful to have been involved from the beginning.  The Green Drive was spearheaded by Ms Lucy Dixon Clarke with her tireless attempt to bring eco-consciousness and behavioral change to the school.  Coming to Africa, the thing I wanted to do most was … Continue reading

round 3: perma garden at maru a pula school

Today was my first day back with the students in the garden at MAP.  Having been away for 3 months, I returned to find the garden looking mighty post-apocalyptic.  Grass has grown up in the pathways, most of the veg and herbs have either gone to seed or burnt to a crisp  and all of … Continue reading

350 three fifty 350

have you heard about 350?  according to a group of reputable scientists, it’s the upper limit of the atmospheric concentration of CO2 that will allow earth to remain stable for years to come.  in other words, if we keep the amount of CO2 in the air to 350 parts per million or lower, then climate … Continue reading