Join Green Beings on the banks of the Klein Jukskei Spruit in northeastern Johannesburg on 12 March and celebrate this year’s Water Week by helping to revitalise the waterway.
The family-friendly River Rehab event run by Green Beings takes place between 8am and 1pm. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, civic organisations and others to join their efforts in removing as much rubbish from the river and the surrounding areas as they can.
Green Beings also urges people to help it introduce as many indigenous plants along the river as possible, while also removing harmful alien species and maintaining the environment.
Recent water shortages and drought in the country, with unpredictable rainfall patterns, are taking their toll on many South Africans. As a collective, the nation has become more aware of the importance of using our natural resources sparingly.
South Africans are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.
There are many ways in which people can change their habits and routines to save water, and most of them aren’t difficult. These include watering your garden in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is cooler, taking a quick shower rather than a bath, and using a cup while brushing your teeth instead of letting the tap run.
With on-going education people will start to realise the importance of the state of the environment and how each individual can mitigate climate change through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.
This year’s River Rehab is the sixth run by the organisation, which is appealing to members of the public to make it an even bigger success than previously by bringing as many friends, family and colleagues along.
It is through the help from valuable stakeholders that the Green Beings NPO has been able to run such initiatives, and it is only through such collaborations that River Rehab’s aims will be achieved.
The main focus of previous River Rehabs was removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees along the riverbanks. The next event will focus on cleaning up the park and waterway, removing alien vegetation and replacing the old dilapidated fence with an attractive wooden fence.
Green Beings hopes to get individuals and businesses to help fund the implementation of this new, more inviting, fence by sponsoring sections of it. If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.
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