Earth Patrol has initiated a number of social carbon sequestration projects in which indigenous tree varieties have been planted nationally. This program approaches low income communities, municipalities and schools which are engaged and involved in the planting programmes.
Our efforts were focussed on understanding which interventions would make the most valuable contribution to the on-going sustainability of local public benefit organisations. The first leg of the programme involved assessing over 150 building nationally and designing energy efficiency, water conservation and occupant health improvement opportunities which would add the most value to the beneficiaries.
The momentum for Change initiative was launched by the UNFCCC at COP17 in December 2012 and highlighted 10 projects that are making a real difference to the urban poor. The plastic bottle solar light is one of these projects and is the first to be launched in South Africa.
The national food security and resilient farming program is aimed at transferring the required skills to assist low-income and disadvantaged communities in developing food security in their own back yards. Over 250 gardens have been planted to date throughout South Africa.
South Africa’s electrical supply is generated through so-called ‘dirty power’, the result of our inefficient coal-fired power plants. We specifically target low income households, subsidised housing and special needs centres such as old age homes, orphanages and shelters. These residents benefit directly from the savings in the cost of energy and the lamps are provided free of charge.