Happy 12th Birthday to Cape Town Green Map

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Cape Town Green Map was one of the 2010 Green Goal legacy projects and was officially launched on World Environment Day – 5 June 2009.

The news release read: As one of a handful of cities worldwide situated within a National Park, and with a uniquely rich bio-diversity, Cape Town is well positioned to spearhead a Green Map on the African continent.

The website was officially launched in conjunction with the official launch of the globbalOpen Green Map website

It was also the first time that the City had a Virtual Launch!

An official but cheeky City of Cape Town invitation was sent out by the Executive Mayor for the Virtual Launch on World Environemnt Day. 

            WHERE:       www.capetowngreenmap.co.za

           WHEN:         Friday, 5 June 2009 - from 09:00 onwards

           VENUE:        Your laptop, PC or iPhone – no travel costs or carbon footprint

           DRESS CODE: Optional - but locally designed garb from hemp/bamboo/organic cotton is encouraged

           SPEAKERS:  None – an untold saving on hot air and CO2 emissions

Cape Town Green Map in Print

The first Cape Town Green Map was publishe in October 2009 (photo above) and the Green Goal edition came out in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in June 2010.

Please have a look at the 9 editions of the print maps HERE.

And watch out for the new 10th edition that will focus on the Cape Town Coastlne.

World Environmental Day 2021

World Environment Day 2021The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is 'Ecosystem Restoration' and Pakistan will be the global host for the day. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea.

For too long, humans have been exploiting and destroying the planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century, we have destroyed half of the wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of the world's coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5 degrees Celcius. Ecosystem loss is depriving the world of carbon sinks, like forests and wetlands, at a time when humanity can least afford it. Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown for three consecutive years and the planet is one place for potentially catastrophic climate change. We must now fundamentally rethink our relationship with the living world, with natural ecosystems and their biodiversity and work towards its restoration.