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Earth-friendly app to ‘inspire change’

Sep 19, 2016

A mobile app that aims to get people to do everyday things in a simple, yet more environment-friendly way, is set to launch in November.

The app, currently in development, is the brainchild of conservationist Braam Malherbe and fellow adventurer Peter Van Kets, who undertook a 768km race to the South Pole. The intrepid Malherbe has also run the length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4 218km.

Speaking at the One & Only Hotel’s 2016 Guest Speaker Series, in the V&A Waterfront, Malherbe says the aim of the app was to help people to “do one thing” in a more environment-friendly way, hence the name DOT. The app provides users with 100 options for improving the planet in four focus areas – conservation, water, waste and energy.

“The idea is to make things simple so that people start making small changes. Doing one thing means you can still make a change. People can also add their own DOTs (ideas) if they have better ways to do one thing.”

The Guest Speaker series at the hotel continues. On 22 September, World Rhino Day, wildlife expert, author and safari operator Colin Bell will be talking on Rhino extinction and reintroducing these magnificent animals in the wilds of Botswana. On 13 October with Transcending the Void, a talk by ocean stand-up paddling 24-hour world record holder Chris Bertish.

His next adventure is to paddle alone across the Atlantic for 8 000 kms from Africa to America. The talks start at 18:00 and includes a buffet dinner at Rueben’s restaurant for R310 a person. To book, call 021 431 4511.

Last modified on Monday, 19 September 2016 16:25
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