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Who are we?

EarthBud® is a non profit organization based out of Kwa-Zulu Natal. We believe that ANYONE and EVERYONE can make a difference and we are asking YOU and your family to become part of the solution rather than part of the pollution! We are not asking you to fix problems in other countries, or even asking you to fix problems in other South African provinces. We are asking you to help fix the problems right on your doorstep and within your own ecosystem.

What is an Ecosystem?

An ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) within a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere). Eco-systems are the foundations of the Biosphere and they determine the health and welfare of the entire planet. Think of the area you live in as YOUR eco-system. As a member of this eco-system is your duty to do everything in your power to protect it not just for better quality of life for you and your family, but also for your children’s children’s future. 

How do you protect your Ecosystem?

It easy and could actually save you money in the long run. All you have to do is think before you act: Protect your ecosystem: o Educate yourself so you know what issue/s your ecosystem is facing o Know your neighbours and be there for each other where necessary o Set up neighbourhood watches to help reduce crime within your area o Keep your home and the areas around your home neat and tidy, don’t wait for the municipality to come clean or cut verges o Become pro active and get involved in community projects as an organizer or a volunteer   Reduce food footprint: o Buy only what you need and stop wasting food o Support local farmers/produce that purchasing foods that are in season o Grow your own produce o Eat less meat o Eat healthier and avoid GMO products o Avoid excess packaging on products you purchase o Use reusable containers/bottles for storage Reduce carbon footprint: o Chang your daily habits: Up-cycle, reuse or recycle Reuse water in gardens or toilets Think before you flush Reduce the amount of plastic you o Never leave taps running o Shower rather than bath o Turn off anything that uses electricity when not in use and unplugging where possible o Turn off your geyser after showering o Trade-in your dryer for a good old fashioned clothes line o Run your air con or heater sparingly o Consider using cloth diapers o Minimize junk mail Building, Home Improvements or Building Renovations: o When purchasing property live nearer to schools, work and frequent destinations (if possible) o Support clean energy sources (where possible) o Install sky lights, solar tubes an solar panels to your home o Install Jo-Jo tanks to irrigate your gardens o Install low flow toilets (where possible) o Switch to compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs o Make sure that the appliances that you purchase are energy efficient o Make sure your home is well insulated o Seal all air infiltration points and leaks o Plant barrier trees to protect your house from wind and sun o Install window treatments that maximize energy conservation o Install gas stoves rather than electrical o Insulate Geysers and put timers on them o Make a compost area Change your transportation and commuting habits: o Telecommute or work from home, if your job permits you to do so o When it is time to replace your vehicle purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle o Keep your vehicle well maintained o Track your fuel economy and do everything in your power to improve it o Use public transport (if available) o Walk or cycle when travelling short distances o Organize carpools for work and school o Plan your errands and combine trips Animal Welfare and Wildlife Protection: o Make sure your pets are spayed/neutered o Adopt rather than breed o Make sure that the pets you own are chipped, well fed, innoculated and exercised regularly o Know the wildlife, bird life and marine life within you ecosystem and help preserve it o Report animal abuse, illegal smuggling of marine life and hazards (e.g. oil spills, toxic leakage etc.) that could affect the wildlife in your area o Plant a garden and make your yard friendly to wildlife o Reduce the area of lawn o Avoid pesticides, herbicides, and man-made chemical fertilizers. o Plant a Tree These are just a few things that you can do to start making a difference within your ecosystem.  Educating your children and fellow community members, and putting pressure on your community councillors to address air, ocean and municipal issues is another. Turning a blind eye and hoping someone else will fix the problems is no longer an option so join the EarthBud® movement and start becoming part of the solution rather than being a part of the problem.