GWII – The Year Of Yes – June Challenge

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability involves making responsible choices that ensure the long-term health of our planet.

There is power is collective action!  When individuals unite towards a shared vision or goal the collective voice has the potential to make lasting impact and change.  We, as women, have the power to demand change in all the environments we are in – both professional and in our homes.

Why does this matter?

Our world faces severe environmental challenges, including climate change, loss of biodiversity, and resource depletion.

What can I do?

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Conserve Water
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Reduce Single-Use Plastic
  • Reduce Food Waste
  • Green Energy Sources
  • Reduce E-Waste
  • Buy Organic Grown Produce
  • Repurpose
  • Shop Slow-fashion, not Fast-fashion
  • Community Clean-Up

What will this month entail?

4 June - Webinar on the invaluable contributions of waste pickers with Prof Samson of UJ

Recycling Challenge

Meat-free Week Challenge

25 June - Fashion Show

Join Us in Taking Action!


  • 4 June
    • Webinar
    • 8-10am
    • “Hidden in plain sight: Waste pickers’ environmental contributions”
    • Professor Melanie Samson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities
  • 5 June World Environment Day
    • Post
  • 10-16 June
    • Recycling Challenge – separate into recyclable and dirt for 1 week
  • 17-23 June
    • Meat Free Challenge – go 5 days without meat
  • 25 June
    • Fashion Show
    • Challenge to donate a dress matric dance dress
    • Miss Boss Couture
    • At OMI
    • Arrive 2pm
    • Arrival & Mix & Mingle 4-5pm (mimosa & cheese board)
    • Panel Discussion 5-5h30 (MESA; Designer; Velene)
    • 5h30-6pm Fashion Show
    • 6 – 6h30 Mix & Mingle (finger foods)
    • Upstairs boardroom and rooftop booked


Large-scale animal farming and the associated methane emissions significantly impact our climate and animal welfare.

Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after fossil fuels. For example, in just one year, an individual cow can emit up to 120 kgs of methane gas. Once released into the atmosphere, methane becomes highly potent. It prevents heat from escaping back into space, contributing to the greenhouse effect.

Animal agriculture is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss. Forests are natural carbon sinks. Clearing trees and vegetation to make space for grazing cattle or growing feed grains releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This deforestation reduces the capacity of the land to absorb emissions in the future.

Overgrazing, habitat loss, overfishing and more are some of the detrimental effects of animal agriculture.

Farmed animals are selectively bred to produce unnaturally high yields of meat, milk, or eggs at the expense of their health and welfare.

As we navigate the climate crisis, thoughtful choices about our food systems become increasingly important.

For this week, we are challenging you to go Meatless.

Meatless meals are built around beans, lentils, vegetables and whole grains. A plant-based diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, peas, lentils and nuts. It's rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. Plant-based proteins offer many health benefits.

Going meatless is great for your health, lowers your risk for cancer, could help you lose weight, will save you money and contributes to the health of our environment.

Details of Speaker and Topic for webinar

Melanie Samson Bio

Melanie Samson is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. For the past decade, Melanie’s research has arisen out of and contributed to her political work accompanying reclaimer (waste picker) movements in South Africa and globally. Her academic work focuses on the political ecology of reclaiming, the production of value by non-wage workers, and reclaimers' struggles to transform the economy, polity, and society. Melanie facilitated the multi-party participatory process to develop the South African government’s “Waste Picker Integration Guideline” and is the primary author of the Guideline. She led stakeholder participation in the development of the South Africa Waste Picker Registration System (SAWPRS) and the piloting and initial rollout of the SAWPRS. The multi-media materials on waste picker integration that she and her team developed for the Reclaim, Revalue, Reframe project funded by the Government of Japan and UNIDO can be found at

Hidden in plain sight: Waste pickers’ environmental contributions

Every garbage day, we all see people salvaging recyclables from our rubbish bins. Yet few of us stop to find out who they are and what they do. Ironically, reclaimers remain “hidden in plain sight”. In this presentation, Prof Melanie Samson outlines the crucial contributions reclaimers (also referred to as waste pickers) make to the environment, economy, and cities we live in. She also focuses on what you can do in your personal and professional lives to support reclaimers as they support all of us to deal with the global plastics and climate crises.