Midlands March for Climate Change

You might think that Climate Change is something happening somewhere else. It’s not, it is right here already. The hundreds of people who gathered in Howick recently raised their voices in solidarity with people across the planet to say that the time for talking is way past. We have seen the impacts on our local weather, on food prices, and watched in horror as tragedies unfold across the globe.

Across Africa, thousands of people called on their governments to take real action by ditching coal and investing in clean solar and wind energy in their countries. ‘Angifun’ ifracking’ shouted a banner at the Howick March, another suggested we need ‘Farming not Fracking’. “Fracking could destroy our water resources.” said Penelope Malinga of the Mpophomeni Conservation Group. “We can’t drink gas. We need clean energy. Amandla elanga kunegas.” Fracking is a real threat in the midlands unless we reduce our energy consumption drastically. “It is possible to have a meaningful impact by simply focussing on your own energy consumption at home. Small changes add up to big things.” said Karen Zunckel, initiator of the KZN Midlands Green Map that lists many of the sustainable options available right here. Tafadzwa Bero of Shea O’Connor School commented “Imagine what this world will look like in 20 years if we don’t make changes now?”

The sheer scale and diversity of the People’s Climate March, has shown there is a massive movement around the world demanding immediate action to address the climate crisis. Candy Zuma hit the nail on the head with her banner – No Money, No Jobs, On a Dead Planet. Environmental impoverishment links directly to human suffering. Judy Bell, Chair of Midlands Conservancies Forum concludes: “This is a human rights issue. Climate change is already starting to affect the quality of the air we breathe, as well as our capacity to provide safe drinking water and sanitation, sufficient food and secure shelter. We all need to look at ways we can reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases through making responsible choices, especially regarding transport, food and energy. We must commit to becoming more informed and involved. We must take every opportunity to influence decision-making in terms of development at the local, regional and national level. This can be at home, at work, in our communities and municipalities. We must all do our bit as all the small changes will have a big impact.”

To change everything, it takes everyone. That includes you.

See all the action and pictures at: http://midlandsconservanciesforum.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/midlands-marches-for-climate-justice/

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