Friday, April 22, 2005 at 10:53 AM
Good news from Africa…for a change:
Africans are becoming model stewards of the most exotic wildlife, lush indigenous forests and complex freshwater and marine habitats in the world. And, they are doing so on their own initiative – without prodding from eco-crusaders like do-gooders from the World Wildlife Organization.
Leading Africa’s new era of environmental activism is South Africa under the leadership of Thabo Mbeki. Indeed, (black) South Africans are so committed to developing sustainable living practices that – after gaining control of their country a decade ago – they guaranteed citizens a Constitutional right to an environment that is not detrimental to their health. And as President, Mbeki has implemented programmes for Africans to live in harmony with nature while utilizing and cultivating those natural resources that are so vital to an enriched life.
Click here for information on visiting some of the beautiful parts of Africa the world rarely sees – like this glorious view of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
In the Pan African tradition of Kwame Nkrumah, President Mbeki has also used his influence as principal founder of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to make protecting the environment central to development plans throughout the African Continent. And, last Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognized South Africa’s pioneering environmental efforts:
UNEP presented President Thabo Mbeki and the people of South Africa the “Africa award for the country’s commitment to cultural and environmental diversity and its efforts towards achieving the goals encapsulated in the 2000 Millennium Declaration and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Plan of Implementation.”
Click here for more information on conservation and development in South Africa, and about How You Can Make A Difference!