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  • Russell Galt

    Russell Galt

    Russell Galt is a Scottish environmentalist with academic degrees in science and law. He has spent the past 8 years working internationally on sustainability matters. He began his career at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Belgium before relocating to South Africa to take up employment at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability where he managed a global biodiversity programme. Thereafter, he spent a few years working for the South African government on biodiversity informatics and African science cooperation. More recently, as a member of the 3-person '2016 Millet Expedition Project’ award-winning team, MoJo Velo, Russell bicycled from Cape Town to Nairobi producing a set of 21 short films on African sustainability and innovation. His favourite pastimes include wild camping under giant starry skies, belting out Scottish folk songs, and bagpiping in swirling wind.

    February 26, 2017

    Six-legged Superfood for Chirpier Cities
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    “Yet these you may eat among all the winged insects which walk on all fours: those which have above their feet jointed legs with which to jump on the earth.” —Leviticus 11:21 Masaka On a recent trip to the town...

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    October 21, 2015

    Paleo Cities and the Return of the Hunter Gatherer
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Why do you feel and behave the way you do? Have you ever noticed how incredibly adept you are at bargain-hunting in the local supermarket; beachcombing for washed up treasures; or foraging for mushrooms, nuts, and berries? Have you ever...

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    April 16, 2015

    A Tree Hitched to the Universe
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    A wee garden in a windy city From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and...

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    March 31, 2014

    Heritage Trees of Cape Town (Continued)
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Cape Town sprawls beneath the majestic Table Mountain in the heart of the mega-diverse Cape Floral Kingdom. With 3.74 million inhabitants, it is South Africa’s second most populous city. Despite the obvious ecological stressors resulting from the city’s high metabolism...

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    September 1, 2013

    Trees as Starting Points for Journeys of Learning About Local History
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Have you ever sat beneath an old urban tree and wished that it could talk? Many times older than any human, yet always rooted to one location, imagine the stories that the tree could share and the wisdom it could...

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    April 28, 2013

    The Bicycle is a Catalyst for Nature Conservation
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race. —H.G. Wells Fast, efficient and individualistic, the bicycle is no ordinary mode of transport. It’s a church, a gym, a community...

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    September 5, 2012

    Cities and Biodiversity: A Call for Up-Scaled Action
    Russell Galt, Cape Town

    For all of us working in the field of “cities and biodiversity”, it is well worth reflecting on our achievements. We can take personal satisfaction knowing that we contribute to a meaningful cause with tangible results. Every scientific paper, policy-brief...

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