ENVIRONEWS January 2013 Thank you to all those clubs that participated in the Environment Photo Competition. Judging has taken place and the five selected photos for the District has been send on to the Multiple District (more below). Tree planting still remains a huge focus of the District and we are looking at planting trees in Zandspruit as this year’s District’s tree planting initiative. Watch this space for more information. For the months of February and March Water becomes a very important focal point as we have World Wetlands Day on February 2 nd and World Water Day on March 22nd. In South Africa we will also celebrate National Water Week (18-22 March). In April we celebrate the LCI “Protecting Our Environment” global services action campaign in recognition of 22 April Earth Day. Please Lions let’s get involved with this worthwhile project and keep us informed!!! (More information below). If there is anything that you feel needs to be discussed in the newsletter or you just want some information on one of the environmental days please feel free to contact me. You can also find a lot of information on environmental projects that Lions are involved in on the LCI website www.lionsclubs.org. Yours in Lionism and the Environment Alistair Tuckett Cell: 082-557-4891 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Roodepoort Clearwater Cyber Lions Club.
DISTRICT 410B’S I PLANTED A TREE PROJECT AT RIETVLEI DAM - REVISIT We were looking at revisiting the trees planted at Rietvlei Dam with our Immediate Past International President Tam at the begining of January, but we had to cancel due to unforseen circumstances. We will revisit when IPIP Tam comes to visit us later in the year.
LIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO CONTEST
Our District has quite a few avid photographs out there. A tough decision was made by the 20 Lions judges and out of the 33 photographs received we have our final five in the five categories
Animal Life Plant Life Landscape (Urban or Natural) Weather Phenomenon Beauty of the rural environment (Photos celebrating our natural local surroundings).
By far the most entries received were for the Animal Life category. The winners will be announced in the District Governers Newsletter along with photos of the winning pictures. Please though Lions please read the rules of the competition, as a couple of photos had to be disqualified as they were sent as digital images, the rules clearly stated that a 8”x10” printed image had to be send to us by the closing date!!! Lets double the number of entries next year and make sure that 410B is the best.
“PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT” GLOBAL SERVICES ACTION CAMPAIGN The environment is a major concern for communities and people around the world:
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, only about 20 per cent of the world’s population has access to clean water.
More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
During the last century alone, the world lost more than 80 per cent of its original forests, which provide a source of livelihood, protection from natural disasters and absorb carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming.
Lions have an opportunity to bring attention to the environment and show the strength of our worldwide network during a special service action campaign, “Protecting our Environment.” 2
TAKE ACTION During April, your club is invited to join Lions around the world to protect the environment. Help raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment in connection with Earth Day. Or, organize hands-on projects throughout the month that mobilize your club members to improve your community’s environment. CAMPAIGN RESOURCES Use the following resources to plan and promote your “Protecting our Environment” Global Service Action Campaign project.
Call to Action Flyer: Get an overview of the “Protecting our Environment” Global Service Action Campaign – and ideas to jumpstart your project.
Planning Guide: Use this step-by-step approach to organize your very own “Protecting our Environment” project.
Project Ideas: Review ideas you and your club can use to participate in the campaign. The opportunities are endless.
Press Release: Send a press release to local media to help publicise your “Protecting our Environment” project. FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn how your club can participate in the “Protecting our Environment” Global Service Action Campaign, contact LCI today at email@example.com or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENVIRO DAYS, WEEKS AND YEARS There are a few international years being celebrated this 2013. They are the International Year of Water Cooperation and the International Year of Quinoa and the International Year of Small Island States. The Quinoa is a grain, preserved by the Andean people, that is the only vegetal food that has all the essential amino acids, trace elements and vitamins while being gluten free. The following are Environmentally Important Days that are coming up in the rest of this lionistic year. 2 February – World Wetlands Day. VERY IMPORTANT
22 March – World Water Day. VERY IMPORTANT
21 February – International Mother Language Day.
23 March – World Meteorological Day. 30 March – Earth Hour (20:20 – 21:30)
18-22 March – National Water Week.
7 April - World Health Day.
22 April – Earth Day. – LIONS PROTECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGN
3 June – 7 June – National Environment Week.
32 - 26 April – National Bird Week.
5 June – World Environment Day.
15 May – International Day of Families.
17 June – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
22 May – International Day for Biological Diversity.
WATER SAVING TIPS. IN AND AROUND THE HOUSE / BUSINESS •
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Turn the tap off between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving. Taking a five-minute shower a day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water used bathing in a bath tub, saving up to 400 litres a week. Showering can use up to 20 litres of water per minute. If you prefer to bath, don't fill up the bath tub. Taking a bath can use between 80 and 150 litres of water per bath. Use low-flow showerheads, dual-flush toilet mechanisms and water-efficient washing machines. Kettles should not be filled to the brim but with just enough water for your needs. This will reduce your electricity bill too. Don't over-fill containers like cooking pots, as this may result in using more energy to heat the water.
• Reducing the toilet flush volume alone can save 20% of total water consumption. This can be done by putting a 2-litre cold drink bottle, filled with water and a little sand to add weight, into the cistern. • Fix a leaking toilet otherwise it can waste up to 100 000 litres of water in one year. • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Every time you flush the toilet, 12 litres of water is used. • Use "grey water" - used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources - to flush your toilet. • Do not over-fill or excessively backwash your swimming pool. • Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash your car. If you have to use a hose, use a sprayer that can be turned off in-between spraying the car. Using a garden hose could use as much as 30 litres of water per minute. • Do not pour paint and chemicals down the drain. • Farmers must ensure that they keep toxic insecticides away from water sources and streams. • Factories should take care of how they discharge mercury and other heavy metals into waste water. • People living in rural areas should be careful not to use the river or river bank as a toilet. IN THE GARDEN •
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Always water your plants during the early morning hours or in the evening, when temperatures are cooler. Between 10:00 and 15:00 one can lose up to 90% of water to evaporation. Every time you boil an egg, save the cooled water for your houseplants. They'll benefit from the nutrients released from the shell. Focus on indigenous and non-water-consumptive alien plants (but not invasive alien plants). Group plants according to their water needs and to mulch around them. Water gardens less frequently, but water well. Using a garden hose could use as much as 30 litres of water per minute. Remove invasive alien plants on your property. Roof water can also be profitably stored in tanks, for watering gardens. Use "grey water" - used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources - to water your garden. http://www.dwa.gov.za/events/waterweek/2012/Tips.aspx