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Vol 39 y No 24 y ROAD TO DANGER Week ending 18 June 2010 PAGE 3 y FREE ZOO LAKE’S ECO DAY PAGE 10 VUVUZELA POWER PAGE 12 CULTURAL CLASH PAGE 16 Greener footprints HEATHER WALKER Don’t leave the house without your passport – your Green Passport that is. This initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) aims to encourage tourists to contribute to sustainable tourism by making responsible choices. The ‘passport’ is a booklet filled with information on travel that respects the environment and positively affects economic development. It will be available at airports, hotels and tourist centres countrywide. This awareness drive launched in Illovo is part of a project called Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Major Sporting Events: Fifa 2010 and the Green Goal. One of the criteria for choosing host countries is how well they fulfill this goal. With $1 million in GEF funding, 12 billboards, 60 traffic lights and 78 street lights near stadiums in six host cities have been converted to solar power. Another project enables travellers to calculate and offset their carbon emissions against one of five projects that included soil composting, wind energy and solar cookers. In addition 11 visiting football teams (Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, Republic of Korea and Serbia) have committed to offset their emissions. Unep hoped more would follow suit. “Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ must leave a legacy, and we want it to be a green legacy. It’s The Green Passport will help World Cup tourists contribute to sustainable tourism by making responsible choices to reduce their carbon footprint. also an opportunity to showcase environmentally sound practices,” said Andre Share, DEA chief executive officer. “We hope travellers take the knowledge home and implement environmentally friendly changes in their lives. “The message is simple yet powerful – through small lifestyle adjustments we can all score goals for our planet,” said Unep’s Satinder Bindra. Details: www.greenpassport. - Did you know? z This World Cup’s estimated carbon footprint is 2 753 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions - eight times more than Germany’s tournament because South Africa built most stadiums from scratch and is a long haul flight destination. z Following the World Cup, Unep will review how key environmental issues have been addressed and what lessons can be learned. Donate funds to the carbon offset programme by SMSing GOGREEN to 34066 (SMS charged at R2.)

Rosebank Killarney Gazette 18 June 2010

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