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Cape Town’s first Eco-Film Festival (and win a green home hamper)

Eco Film Festival Cape Town

The Cape Town Eco Film Festival will be the first of its kind in the city. The festival will take place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town, and will run for five days from the 27th to the 31st March. It will bring together the best local and international documentary films focusing on environmental issues. Altogether, the festival will feature 25 eco-films and 10 local premieres. They will also host guest speakers and Q&A sessions to discuss important issues around environmentalism, from climate change and pollution to plummeting biodiversity and diminishing natural resources.

For each ticket purchased at R45, R5 will be donated to Greenpop, who will use the money to help finance their re-forestation efforts in South Africa and Zambia. You can reserve tickets for the Cape Town Eco-Festival by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927 or you can buy tickets at Webtickets.co.za

Zeke Murphy, of Sustainable.co.za, comments: “I believe that a film festival such as the Cape Town Eco film festival is critical in the continued effort to protect our planet for our children. Sustainable.co.za is committed to raising awareness regarding issues with our environment, climate change and protecting our wild life, and we feel that our involvement in the film festival is a wonderful means to raising these issues within the South African community."

Competition to win a green home hamper

To promote the event, Sustainable.co.za is hosting a Facebook competition this month. The competition will run from 10th March right up until the start of the festival. The competition quiz will ask questions regarding environmental issues. Participants will be in with a chance of winning a green home hamper worth over R1000, which includes a water saving showerhead, solar jar, energy monitor and eco cooker from Sustainable.co.za. More information about the prizes can be found on the Sustainable.co.za blog. To enter, all you have to do is visit Sustainable.co.za’s Facebook competition page and test your knowledge by completing the quiz, after all, the first step towards action is awareness.

Make Every Last Drop Count

Did you know it takes 20,000 litres of water to manufacture 1kg of cotton? Now think about how many items of cotton clothing you have in your wardrobe…

And the next time you sip on a cup of coffee, remember that’s used up about 130 litres of water before it ends up being savoured by you.

Every Last Drop is an informative and interactive website with a clear message: Save water!

In the UK we each use around 150 litres of water per day. But this is only part of the picture. When you consider the water required to produce all the stuff we consume, we actually guzzle a massive 4,645 litres every day.

And there are over 1,000,000,000 earthlings who still lack access to clean water.

Take a look at some other ways to save water:

Rooftop Films and BBC America Present “Planet Earth”

Come celebrate Earth Day under the stars. Rooftop Films and BBC America present a free screening of the original uncut Sir David Attenborough-narrated version of “Planet Earth," followed by the World Premiere of “The Making of Planet Earth." Don’t miss the earth friendly fun and food trucks!

This is a free event. The first 250 people in attendance get a free ticket that can be used for any Rooftop Films show this summer – including opening night.

The original uncut “Planet Earth" series, which has captivated audiences around the world in over 130 countries, comes to BBC America as part of a very special two-day celebration of Earth Day, Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22. This weekend marathon marks the first time that the series will be broadcast in its entirety and with its original narrator, world famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough, in the U.S. (Episode 1 – From Pole to Pole, TRT: 60 minutes)

Then, go behind-the-scenes for a World Premiere two-hour special, “The Making of Planet Earth," which details the incredible adventures of the wildlife filmmakers who traveled all over the planet to create Planet Earth. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the award-winning team behind the epic eleven-part series. (The Making of Planet Earth, TRT: approx 88 min)

WHEN:

April 21, 2012
7:00PM Doors Open
7:45PM Planet Earth Begins

WHERE:

On the pier at Solar One
2420 FDR Drive,(23rd Street at the East River) New York, NY 10010
Subway: Take the R/6 trains to 23rd St., walk all the way east.

This is a free event. The first 250 people in attendance get a free ticket that can be used for any Rooftop Films show this summer – including opening night.

More information at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2012/schedule/planet-earth/

Plastic, or food?

A close up of an ocean sample from the North Atlantic Gyre (slow rotating whirlpools in which plastic trash can accumulate), showing both pieces of plastic and zooplankton. You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference. Fish and other marine organisms often can’t.

We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce. What happens to the rest of it? Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for", lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.

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Plastic, or food? from 5 Gyres on Vimeo.

Find out about the 5 Gyres, their research results and learn how you can get involved in saving our seas.

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