Can football save the planet?

Feature Story - 2010-06-22
Love it or hate it, there's no escaping the huge football tournament that's taking place in South Africa at the moment.

Can football save the planet?

Africa Football Kid

Love it or hate it, there's no escaping the huge football tournament that's taking place in South Africa at the moment.
You may have expected that Greenpeace would be a World Cup free zone, given that it's not the most environmentally-friendly event ever. But we're doing our bit to try and help the World Cup leave a positive legacy for the people of South Africa.
Greenpeace Africa is providing a solar viewing area in the village of Jericho in the North West Province of South Africa. This means that villagers, who may not otherwise be able to watch the World Cup, will be able to view the matches on big screens powered entirely by solar panels.
But of course this is not just about the football. When the tournament is over, the panels will be used to power a local school. And as part of the project, 15 local teenagers have been trained in solar energy, including the installation of solar panels and making solar powered lights, which will help the village with its energy needs for years to come.
Using the first World Cup to be held in Africa as a backdrop, the 'Solar Kickoff' project is helping to prove that solar power, not coal fired power stations, is the answer to South Africa's energy crisis.

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