Could environmental behaviour change communicators learn from colleagues in health and social development?
The International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit held recently in Bali drew over 1 000 delegates from more than 90 countries including a strong South African contingent. That set me thinking of the need for an Environmental Behaviour Change...read more
“We must educate people and create awareness” is often heard in response to what should be done about littering in our streets and countryside. However, while education and awareness raising are necessary, they only go half-way. The other and more important...read more
The effects of plastic pollution in the oceans was given a major focus with the broadcasting of the BBC’s Blue Planet II hosted by David Attenborough. The ripples spread far and wide with even the Queen of England declaring that single-use plastics should not be...read more
By Hugh Tyrrell THE massive burden of waste being generated around the world is topping up landfills, clogging waterways and spilling out into the oceans. South Africa alone produces some 60 million tons of general waste a year, only a tenth of which is recycled...read more
How can property owners and facilities managers in commercial and office buildings improve their recycling systems. This is the topic of an article I wrote which was published in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of Earthworx, the Green Building Council magazine: ...read more
Climate change is creating crisis conditions around water in the Western Cape, so encouraging people to use less water is a priority for local authorities. The Saldanha Bay municipality like others, is investing resources into awareness and behaviour change...read more
I grew up in a seaside village on the lush sub-tropical South Coast of Natal, now known as KZN. In the afternoons after school, I’d go down into the sugarcane fields or mangrove swamps or walk in the reed beds along the two lagoons that bordered our village. There...read more
This post came from Fetola, a small business support organisation in Cape Town. Useful hints for office recycling done in a friendly, fun way. No green policing necessary. Which means greater participation. "Employees at the front line of any business play a crucial...read more
From Beyond volunteering By Ellen R Delisio https://tinyurl.com/ydhvgwrn Timberland, Patagonia, Intel, GE and Fossil Group are showing how US companies can engage employees in their core missions Corporate social responsibility in the US has traditionally been about...read more
Our vulnerability to dwindling natural resources is hitting home. Look no further than Cape Town. Citizens there are in a race against time to save as much water as possible in the hope that winter rainfall will be more plentiful than last year when poor rains left the region’s dams almost half empty.
Twenty years ago, getting a cash deposit back for an empty beverage bottle you returned to the shop was standard practice. Then mainly because it was seen as an administrative hassle for producers and space problem for retailer, many bottle deposit schemes were...read more
One benefit of sustainability which is not so often discussed is that it can give the organisation a sense of purpose. We can have all the goals and strategies in place, but it is a strong sense that there is a reason for existing beyond making money which often separates good from exceptional companies.
Since the municipality’s launch of its residential kerbside recycling system in Langebaan on 6 October 2106, the participation rate amongst residents increased from an initial 20% to over 40% by February 2017. Tonnages collected over this period total 150 tons with...read more
In line with the national government’s domestic waste strategy, Saldanha Bay municipality is implementing a household separation-at-source recycling programme. GreenEdge Communications was awarded the contract to design and manage the public education and behaviour...read more
Mergence is a Cape-based investment management company with a strong ESG (environmental, social and governance) policy. It has placed substantial investments into renewable energy generation projects in South Africa, totally some R5 billion to date. Seeking guidance...read more
The holy grail for today’s utility is meaningful customer engagement. Energy providers that can maintain clear, two-way conversations with the communities they serve are better positioned to achieve all kinds of important business outcomes, from cost-effective...read more
Sanlam is one of the leading life insurance companies in the country with a strong sustainability drive. GreenEdge has been appointed to devise and help implement a communication and behavior change strategy for increasing staff participation in recycling at the...read more
The national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is funding a Youth Jobs in Waste programme which upskills young people drawn from local communities on the important tasks of addressing waste and recycling. GreenEdge along with Amazon Media are working with...read more