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June to be celebrated as Environment Month

by BuaNews Online
on 30 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism will launch national Environment Month and various clean up campaigns on 2 June 2008.

The national launch of Environment Month coincides with the global celebrations of World Environment Day on 5 June.

According to the department, this is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, will launch the National Environment Month in Mapenyadira Community Hall in Ficksburg, Free State on Monday.

The department highlighted that World Environment Month aims to achieve the objectives of increasing the level of public awareness regarding climate change, in particular, and environment and tourism issues in general.

Also the month-long campaign will create awareness around the challenges posed by climate change and encourage action by the public to minimise projected risks and to reinforce government's Climate Change Roadmap.

"It will showcase the key intervention measures undertaken in the country to lessen the effects of climate change on society and the environment, [as well as] challenge communities and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints and raise awareness of climate change among business communities.

"Climate change is a cross cutting issue including waste, food security, clean water, energy supply, environmental health, [and] human settlements.

"World Environment Month 2008 will concentrate on environmental challenges that our country continues to grapple with which include waste management, climate change, lifestyle adjustments, biodiversity, energy efficiency, greening, and air quality," said the department.

The South African National Climate Change Response strategy requires effective coordination among the various government departments and stakeholders that are involved in, or may be impacted by climate change to ensure that response measures are properly directed.

The theme - "All hands on deck for low carbon economy" - is premised on a call to action which promises an outcome that is within people's control. - BuaNews

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