United Nations has declared the 05 June as a day in which World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide to raise global awareness to take positive environment action to protect nature and the planet earth.* In South Africa June is declared as the National Environment Month and is celebrated by creating awareness on the importance of environmental care and management.
Setsoto Local Municipality in partnership with Youth Jobs in Waste hosted an Exhibition to celebrate World Environmental Day. The aim of the exhibition was to educate and inform the youth and leaners about environmental care and management and to further inform them on various opportunities and careers that are within the environmental sector.
The exhibition was successful as all the stakeholders that were invited were present on the day.* Mr Malefetsane Motjetje, who is staying in Meqheleng was one of the stakeholders who was displaying his art work. He was also recruited by Die Blik Plek to work with them to further expand his work.
STAKEHOLDERS WHO TOOK PART
The following stakeholders were present on the day and took part. They exhibited their programmes as expected.
Different stakeholders and role-players were invited to exhibits their key programmes towards saving the environment on the day. By educating our community (especially Youth) to take ownership of the environment, the environment will be conserved for the benefit of the present and the future generations.
“The important message that the municipality wanted to convey to the community is to take responsibility for the environment. Everyone is responsible for the environment as the basis of human existence and incidents such as illegal dumping, littering, uncontrolled veld fires, cutting of trees and polluting our air and water are all contributing to land degradation and thus destroy our environment” said Me Nthai Ngwepe Setsoto Environmental Management Officer.
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Department of Environmental Affairs
Die Blik Plek
Maluti a Phofung Water
Meqheleng Recycling Center
National Youth Development Agency
SANParks (Golden Gates)
University of the Free State
Youth Jobs in Waste
Youth was encouraged to consider studying towards environmental management and to use environment as an opportunity to start their own businesses (e.g. Recycling). The exhibition provided the youth and learners with the necessary knowledge/skills/attitude to be able to collectively address and try to solve the issues we are all faced with, for the sake of sustainability.
There is a saying “If you are thinking in one hundred years – educate people” and by educating communities to take ownership of their environment; we are preserving our environment for the benefit of the present and the future generations.