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Ocean health: reflections on representation

This year marks the kick-off of the United Nations’ (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade). For those who may be hearing of this for the first time, the context of this global campaign is rooted in providing impetus to the…
Thando Mazomba
August 7, 2021
Youth day student uprising.Inspiration

Youth Day: A Day of Celebration?

Student uprisings 16 June 1976 (GoodThingsGuy, 2019)What we ought to be commemorating on any given South African Public Holiday is, unsurprisingly, a contentious subject. Many of the events in our recent history represent radically different things to different members of our society. A single event…
Semane Liya
June 15, 2021
Freedom Day 2021Inspiration

Freedom is not a Day

I am present in this watery time as I write about the concept of freedom. Being present is to draw on what Donna Haraway refers to as ‘staying with the trouble’. Time, like memory, holds the truth of silencing, violence, exclusion and flourishing of some…
Joanne Peers
April 26, 2021
Illustration showing humans, animals and nature living in harmony.Inspiration

Earth Day 2021: Drawing on values and imagination

Earth Day is said to mark the birth of environmental consciousness and protection in an industrialised western society. On 22nd April 1970, a diverse collection of students, organisations and faith-based groups across the United States (US) took to the streets to demonstrate against the environmental…
Ffion Atkins
April 21, 2021
Sea anemone holding a piece of bright blue plastic.Cleanups

The sandy anemones diet now contains plastic

We are all familiar with sea “amnemonemomnes” …or are we? After the popular family feature, many people would hear “anemone” and envision its large tentacles and resident clownfish. There are also many South Africans with fond memories of anemones closing in quickly when prodded. These…
Christie Munro
November 30, 2020
Woman on WavesCleanupsInspiration

Women on Waves

My husband is a surfer and when we first started dating more than 20 years ago, I would hang out on the beach while he surfed. That got boring after a while and I decided to give it a bash. I started out at Muizenberg…
Aaniyah Omardien
November 2, 2020
International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020Cleanups

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020

On Saturday, 19 September 2020 communities around the world came together to collect waste along their coastlines. More than 40 registered cleanups took place In Cape Town and the Overberg region, of which 30 were open to the public. International Coastal Cleanup Day is one…
Megan-Rose Francis
September 30, 2020
International Coastal Cleanup DayCleanups

International Coastal Cleanup Day

It's almost International Coastal Cleanup Day! With just under five days to International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) on the 19 September; we thought we would give you all the details you need to #CleanOn The first ICC day began over 30 years ago, and every…
Megan-Rose Francis
September 14, 2020