Green weeks at the Alliance Françaises
France is fighting the green fight and, in celebration of all things good and green, the network of Alliance Françaises in South Africa is playing host to an entire week of festivities aimed at raising awareness, celebrating climate successes and showing solidarity with our planet.
Dress snugly, grab a partner and get down to your nearest Alliance Française to participate in a range of family-friendly eco activities – from leisurely lunches to film screenings and art exhibitions or workshops and creative competitions - all in the spirit of environmental awareness.
Durban currently hosts the greenest Alliance Française in the world ! This new building – the first of its kind in the world – follows from the Indalo initiative which main objectives are to reduce the carbon footprint of the difference Alliances and to raise public awareness of environmental issues. The building will be officially inaugurated on Saturday, 09 June 2012 at 12h00 and employs an eco-friendly model to better adapt to the ecological demands of our age. The premises are consequently equipped with solar panel to generate electricity, rainwater tanks to store water which is in turn used for irrigation and sanitation purposes, indigenous and permaculture gardens, energy-saving light bulbs and waste separation bins. To be extra green, even the walls were painted with eco-friendly paints !
Screening of the brand new Yann Arthus-Bertrand film, A thirsty World on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 at 18h00.
This year’s main event is the workshop “How to build your own solar cooker” by Thea Holm to an HIV/AIDS orphanage community in Randfontein on the 8th of June 2012. This workshop is introduced by the Alliance Française of Johannesburg to the orphanage community as part of the Skills Development Project drive managed by BornFreeSpirit.
Tour de France "Green architecture" exhibition on Wednesday 6 June 2012. Join us in an exploration of various French cities which host environmentally-friendly architectural structures.