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Issue 18

Issue 18 Editorial

According to the scientists and others who contributed to the “11th Hour” documentary put together by Leonardo di Caprio we have reached 11: 59, but as the Elder pointed out in the closing lines:

“The Earth has got all the time in the world; it is we who are running out of time…”

Where’s the urgency?

I hate to say it, but “I told you so.” Global ecological collapse is upon us and the human family is entering a Hobbesian struggle for survival of the Earth and all her species including humans.

Sounding the alarm

A month before World War II ended, a relatively unknown writer named Rachel Carson proposed an article for Reader’s Digest about the effects of the pesticide DDT on what she called “the delicate balance of nature.” The shy woman assured the editors that “it’s something that really does affect everybody.” They turned her down.

The Sandbag House: an eco-friendly house takes root in the Eastern Cape

Back in March 2002, while on a short vacation, we played golf at a par 3 course in George. After our game we embarked on a search for that perfect spot by the ocean to enjoy a quiet drink. Combing the coastline, we drove into a side road off the N2 to Kleinkrantz, on the outskirts of Wilderness.

Say “No!” to animals in pet shops

Say NO to Animals in Pet Shops is a campaign originally founded in Australia by June Bird (of Adam and the Ants fame) and Dave Casey in 2002. The campaign has since gone from strength to strength gaining the support of many people who oppose the practice of selling animals from pet shops.

Why you should be growing your own food: lessons from the Cuban experience

Over the next several years food prices will increase sharply. These coming price increases are as unavoidable and inevitable as an increase in the price of oil. In fact the price we pay for food is interestingly and inextricably linked to the oil price, and this article will not only show how the two have become inseparably intertwined but how they cannot do anything other than escalate.

Summer detox

10 Day ayushakti fasting program

Thre Great Awakening

The consciousness of this earth is currently undergoing a revolutionary change. It is a renaissance, an enlightenment, an awakening like no other. It is the prophesied global return of Christ Consciousness and as it unfolds, and as more of the people of this earth join in the glorious chorus of an awakening Spirit, the globe will transform.

Born to be held

Modern babies are held as little as 20% of the day due to parents having various gadgets to ‘help’ – we shift them from cot to pram to bouncer to swing-chair to car-seat. No need to take them from the car-seat, simply take it with!

Anti-depressants: panacea or problem?

epression has become very big. A recent (2004) publication of the World Health Report, produced by the World Health Organisation showed that “ mental and behavioural disorders are common, affecting more than 25% of all people at some time in their lives”. Strong epidemiological data also show a 10% increase in rates of depression in the US population every decade for the last 100 years.

Energetic eating

Energy. We use this term in 101 different contexts: potential energy, kinetic energy, energy healing, free energy, new energy, ‘I don’t have enough energy’ or ‘my kids have too much of it!’.

Arranging garbage: a Buddhist approach to compost

It was almost dark when I came upon the bobcat, walking alone on a steep overgrown trail far above the Green Gulch valley. She had been dead for weeks, her black-rimmed lips pulled back in a snarl of protest, tiny soot flies scouring her empty eye sockets.

Herbs for everyday ailments

Lavender takes pride of place for me, not because it is particularly versatile as a healing herb - others such as fennel and yarrow far outstrip it in that regard; but because it is just so beautiful.

Transformational forgiveness

When we harbour negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. The strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive self and others.

It’s never too late to plant a tree

It’s Spring. The trees herald the change of season by bursting forth with their new foliage, many preceding the soft greens with breathtaking shows of delicate blossoms that produce the fruits and seeds which will be welcomed by man and beast alike in the summer that lies ahead.

Food from trees: marula

Perhaps one of the best known wild fruits of Africa come from the highly valued Marula (Maroela) tree – Sclerocarya birrea - which grows in the bushveld and woodlands from Kwa-Zulu Natal through Swaziland, Botswana, the northern parts of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Simons Town under siege

Simon’s Town , from the very beginning of its existence, has been custodian to the history of the many nationalities, cultures and religions who over the centuries have walked its streets and lanes. Over the years people from Britain as well as “The Kroomen” from West African places like Sierra Leone, Liberia , Ivory coast and Ghana have stayed on in Simonstown long after their Royal Navy contracts had expired. Many of these navy men remained and married Simonstown’s women.

Carrot crunching yoga!

Eight weeks into my vegan way of life and I find myself addicted to a new form of exercise – well, new to me. Yoga.


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