City of Cape Town to grow 5000 trees during Climate Change month

SABC News Spekboom Challenge - City of Cape Town to grow 5000 trees during Climate Change month

The City of Cape Town says it will participate in the Spekboom Challenge with the Newlands Nursery to grow 5000 trees during Climate Change month in April.

The challenge began on social media and is aimed at motivating South Africans to plant at least 10 trees each this year.

Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Zahid Badroodien, says they want Cape Town to be recognised as an Urban Forest.

“The Spekboom shoots will be planted at area-based events across the city on World Earth Day on 22 April 2020. It’s an opportunity for learners, schools, community groups and educational groups to be part of a great initiative. By planting a Spekboom, you invest in a clean environment, and participate in conserving and protecting nature in an urban context.”

Meanwhile, more than 20 companies and organisations in South Africa have joined forces in Cape Town to reduce plastic usage.

They have all signed up to become members of the South African Plastic Pact.

They are joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact global network which is aligned with the New Plastics Economy vision.

It will be managed and delivered by GreenCape, which is a government-funded initiative that supports the development of renewable energy in the Western Cape.

“The first of its kind in Africa, the SA Plastics Pact joins France, the UK, the Netherlands, and Chile, to exchange knowledge and collaborate to accelerate the transition to the circular economy for plastic.   The members have committed to making all plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. At the same time, they pledged to effectively recycle 70% of plastic packaging and use 30% recycled content across any plastic packaging.”

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