The EARTH Centre is Going Green!


 

going green

At the EARTH Centre we are not only committed to helping our beneficiaries to the best of our ability, we are also dedicated to ensuring that our centre becomes sustainable and eco-friendly. We believe that we are stewards of this planet and are thus on a journey to creating an environment in which nature, humans and day to day business are in harmony. This is turn filters through to the therapy that we provide on horseback – not only do the riders receive the physical, mental and emotional benefit of riding a horse, they also get to do it in a tranquil and well balanced environment.

Thus when one of our volunteers, Sandy Naude, confirmed that SANEDI and Exxaro together with UNISA’s (The University of South Africa) MaPs (Material and Process Synthesis) research unit would like to install a Biodigester at our centre, we were beyond ecstatic.
A biodigester can be compared to a mechanical stomach. Once it is installed, it can be “fed” with organic waste from various farm animals. In our case, we just so happen to have abundance of this coming from the back end of our 20 equine therapists. Once placed into the biodigester, which is an oxygen free environment, it is decomposed by microorganisms to produce biogas such as methane and carbon which can be supplied to buildings as a renewable energy. It also creates fertiliser as a by-product which can be bagged and sold for additional income.

The ground breaking ceremony which took place on 5 March marked the start of the preparations. We are all eager and excited to get this project rolling and we are hoping that it will be the first of many sustainable EARTH Centre projects. We also look forward to working with the above mentioned partners to install a rainwater harvesting systems and solar heating in the future.

A very big “thank you” goes out to SANEDI, UNISA and Exxaro for the sponsorship, co-ordination and management of this project.

For more information, feel free to contact us: 011 958 5044 info@earthcentre.org.za

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Katrina EARTH Centre Manager
Group Picture at Biodigester site

The first step of many towards a more sustainable EARTH Centre

Katrina Evans, Centre Manager, talks about therpay riding and its benefits

The EARTH Centre, UNISA, SANEDI and Exxaro teams

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