UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER - 15 SEPTEMBER

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

Recent events have, in a tragically unexpected fashion, highlighted the necessity for the international community to unite around global issues that affect the lives of all people.

One such issue is the protection of the environment and specifically the problems of ozone depletion and global warming.

The UDM calls upon government and all South African political and business leaders to imbue the environmental debate with new vigour and urgency. It is vital that as a nation and as a role-player on the international stage South Africa plays a pro-active role in environmental affairs. Catastrophic climate change is fast becoming a reality. Beyond a certain point in the near future the effects of climate change may become permanently irreversible and unmanageable. We have a duty not to bequeath to our children droughts, starvation, natural disasters, economic destabilisation and health hazards.

Issued by:
Prof. Mtutuzeli Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Environmental Affairs and Tourism
082-556 5048

Cape Town
14 September 2001