The Chair of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Portfolio Committee, Ms Faith Muthambi, calls on South Africans of all walks of life to think globally and act locally as we mark World Environment Day, under the theme: “One Earth”.
She said: “Let us reflect on the triple planetary emergency facing the Earth, the climate is warming too quickly for people and nature to adapt, with a disproportionately devastating impact on the poor in developing countries. The recent floods that have ravaged the province of KwaZulu-Natal are a good example.
She said acting locally would require us to anticipate these climate change-induced natural disasters and plan better. “Habitat loss due to urbanization, human settlements, agriculture or other forms of human encroachment, such as mining operations as well as poaching, threatens the survival of many species around the world. The plight of South Africa’s rhinos, elephants, some fish species and many other flora and fauna cannot be overstated,” Ms Muthambi added.
“Similarly, pollution continues to compromise the quality of our air, affecting millions of people in our own country; Land, freshwater and marine pollution from many sources, especially single-use plastics, requires us to act urgently. The way out of this ongoing dilemma is to transform our economies and societies to make them inclusive, just and more responsive and connected to nature,” she continued.
She said people should refrain from harming the only planet they have. She called on people to protect the planet. “Let’s start taking action on environmental pollutants at street level today. Let’s reduce air pollution by doing simple things like those who smoke must ensure that second-hand smoke does not spread to those who do not smoke at the household level. It is thinking globally and acting locally in action,” she said.
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