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In the inner city of Johannesburg, The GreenHouse Project is turning one urban park into a seedbed for sustainable communities. The program takes a holistic approach to the city's challenges, integrating green building and design, efficient and renewable energy, recycling, organic farming, and nutrition.
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The GreenHouse Project
DORAH LEBELO [Director, The GreenHouse Project]
The area here is called Joubert Park; it is very close to Hillbrow, which is the largest residential place in the city of Johannesburg. A highly transitory place, it is a place where people arrive into South Africa. Many people from outside the country, from African countries, neighboring African countries, as well as from overseas, other continents, as well as from other provinces of South Africa that are mostly remote and rural, they arrive in Johannesburg to here.
DORAH LEBELO
And what we are doing here at the GreenHouse is actually giving the people power, it's about empowering the people so that they can realize that they've got all the knowledge. Many of them here, they all come from rural communities. They have once lived like this. They have once produced their own food. They have once built their own houses. They have once fetched their own water. They have once dealt with their own waste.
DORAH LEBELO
The GreenHouse project has got five programs, and the first one is green building and design where we focus on buildings and how we design [inaudible] passive solar design so we minimize the amount of energy to warm them up and to cool them off, and what kind of materials. The second program is making efficient and renewable energy. What are the various options that are available for us to have energy other than the normal coal-based electricity? The recycling project was started about two-and-a-half years ago, and mainly just to showcase that waste, it is a resource that can be utilized economically. The fifth one is organic food production and nutrition, so we are looking at having food security, how people can start growing their own food in the city.
DORAH LEBELO
We are also looking at the principle of doing more with less, also starting from a place of abundance, knowing that we've got what we need, and we almost ... we've got everything that we need, and operating from that. And saying that we really are not going to look at some other people to give us what we need, but actually we've got what we need and we only want the people to maximize our own potential. If we want to create sustainable communities, we are going to have to look at things in a holistic way. We just cannot come and say, "Oh, my responsibility is health and I'm just going to ... I'm not going to come here and only look at health, and I'm just going to give these people drugs, and help them survive AIDS." You need to look at what it is they are eating, where they are living, and what kind of houses are they living in, what kind of energy are they using, because if they are using coal and they are inhaling the smoke at night, it's not going to be helpful. It's not only about one thing, it is about a number of things and most of them have got a local effect, so once you start addressing this it's going to lead you to that, and once you own that one it's going to lead you to the other. How do we design interventions and programs that are looking at the lives of the people in a very holistic way rather than just one thing?
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