Refuse the plastic straw – By Di Atherton

It’s fascinating to watch people endlessly complaining about litter and yet not coming up with solutions. When the Municipal strikes are on and the streets are trashed with rubbish bins upended, very few businesses get down and dirty and clean up their little section of road and pavement. Why should they? It’s “someone else’s” problem.

Honey bee crisis: How can you and I help to save the honey bee? By Inge Lotter

This is where each of us can make a difference. Farmers, municipalities and home gardeners can reverse this trend by choosing bee-friendly plants as ornamentals, windbreaks, on field edges and ridges, and along roadsides. Fortunately, a number of plants used for soil erosion control or for shelter have abundant flowers to feed bees, making the selection of multi-purpose plants more desirable. This has been done on a large scale by farmers and apiarists in Israel, where more than 1 million trees have been planted within the last 10 years to provide forage for bees. In a desert country that goes 6 months of the year without rain, the provision of bee forage has now enabled them to produce more than 3,600 tons of honey per year, enough for export. Other successful programmes have been implemented in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Building an eco-house

We take a stroll back to the house to inspect Michael’s worm farm. “This is the easiest and most successful thing we have,” he states enthusiastically. “Anything organic, we just throw on here,” he adds while showing off his worms in the compost, collected in a concrete type basin. “When it rains, the water runs through and collects in a tank underneath here. I can then pump out the worm tea.”

5 Plants you need in your home

Thanks to NASA research in the late 1980’s, we have a list of air-purifying houseplants we should have in our homes. These beauties filter out harmful compounds in the air and make it healthier to breathe. If the space stations can green their living space with greenery that removes toxins from the air, we have no excuse.

Green Travels and Voluntourism – Spreading the love beyond your home

We Are White River believes that community love begins at home and our message is consistently to look around you to see where you can make an impact in your own neighbourhood. However, Green Travel and Voluntourism are significant portions of the international travel sector and we should be aware of this in our own travels, as well as seeing how we can encourage this market to spend some of those tourist dollars