Posted in Giving back, Press releases

WWF SA SOUNDSCAPE PLAYLIST BRINGS NATURE INSIDE

To put us all back in touch with nature, WWF South Africa has launched a restful playlist of the unique sounds and features of Africa’s natural heritage for enjoyment safely at home, while observing the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.


The WWF playlist, titled ‘Bring Nature Inside’, captures the soundscapes of our beautiful natural world and features the sounds of projects and areas where WWF is actively working.

“We wanted to allow people to experience the richness of nature. With many of us feeling overwhelmed by the current state of the world and the unique disruptions we are facing, it is imperative for us to take care of our mental and emotional well-being. Nature provides the perfect ‘escape’ that we need during this time,” says Justin Smith, head of business development at WWF South Africa.

From the enchanting sounds of rhino translocations, to the soothing backdrop of a free-flowing river and the rhythmic sound of the Atlantic Ocean, each authentic track features immersive sounds with a description that brings together the beauty and significance of our natural resources,and showcases the work WWF is doing to help protect South Africa’s natural heritage.

Contribute by listening

“Fostering a connection with nature during these unsettling times is essential for our well-being and a reminder of the ways in which we can look after our environment, especially as the world searches for a new normal in how we live,” says Justin.

With its 10-hour long mix of different calming and inspirational tracks, the WWF SA soundscapes can be enjoyed in any setting; whether you are working, exercising, cooking, gardening or simply taking a break from your home desk.

For access to the WWF SA Soundscape Playlist please visit wwf.org.za or click on the below links:

1. SoutPansberg

2. HighVeld

3. Fishing

4. Rhino

5. Beach

6.Bees

7.Sugarbird

8. National Park

9. Windfarm

10. Pastures

The soundscapes will also be available on various streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play and Amazon.

A percentage of the streaming royalties will go to support WWF SA’s ongoing conservation work, at no cost to the platform user.

“We are excited to share soundscapes with our audiences. Distance does not mean disconnect, and we hope that with this platform we can help bring some solace and peace to people in these extraordinarily trying times. At the same time, we want to highlight that nature still matters; we must continue safeguarding it so that we can all enjoy it together again in the future. As an added benefit, every time a track is streamed, WWF will earn a modest amount of much-needed money to put towards its conservation efforts,” says Justin.

Posted in Crafts

Butterfly prints

The first two things that come to mind when I hear the word spring are :- butterflies and flowers.

So it was only natural that we would include a butterfly in our Spring time crafts.

I showed bear how each side of the butterfly was the same ( symmetrical) even though he may be a bit too small to grasp what i was explaining.

To represent this I tore a butterfly shape from paper and on one half put dollops of paint.

Then I closed it in half and opened slowly to reveal the symmetrical printed butterfly.

To make your own butterfly print

You need:-

🦋Paper

🦋Paint in a variety of bright colours

Method

🦋Tear paper into a butterfly shape

🦋Place paint onto one side of the butterfly only

🦋Close the butterfly in half, squashing the paint

🦋Open the butterfly slowly to reveal the image

Note:-

While your butterfly is still wet with paint you can use it to make butterfly prints on other pieces of paper by placing it down slowly and peeling it off again.

Happy spring time

Posted in Parenting

Plastic free July

TAKE THE CHALLENGE THIS JULY

Plastic Free July began with humble beginings in Perth in 2011 and has grown from a handful of participants, to millions of people taking part in more than 150 countries worldwide.

The challenge is to refuse all single-use plastic during July.

What is single use plastic ?

Single-use plastic items include plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging — anything that’s intended to only be used only once and then discarded.

Join the challenge

Click here to find out more Plastic Free July Challenge and take the challenge to refuse all single-use plastic this July.

Change in behaviour

The Plastic Free July campaign raises the awareness of our growing plastic waste problem by encouraging and supporting behaviour change.

By helping people to avoid single-use / disposable plastic through educating the general public and highlighting the cause.

It’s not however, just about changing our own behaviour but about also sharing solutions and being part of a wider movement for long term change.

Community groups, businesses, schools and other organisations can all participate in Plastic Free July and join the global

#breakfreefromplastic movement.

Ambassadors

In our home alot of the changes have occured long before July. We love nature and I feel it’s our obligation to model the behaviour we want our children to follow.

We use reusable bottles and I rushed out to buy myself a refillable mug to take with me so as not to use disposables.

I’ve made an effort to start shopping for products that have less packaging and recycle most of our trash.

We don’t buy what we dont need and donate items we can’t use anymore to organisations that can use them.

Lifestyle

As much as the highlight for reducing our plastic footprints on the Earth is in July I do believe we need to model a lifestyle that our children will be proud to follow and that allows our world to sustain us a little longer.

🐾I’d love to hear what you and your family are doing for plastic free July