Climate change dialogue held in Ugu

2015-11-04 06:00

IKUSASA Sustainable Community Development is going to traditional councils talking to them about climate change, which is threatening global and local food security and the poor.

Ikusasa spokesperson Roland Vilane said the role of their division is to collect information which might indicate how communities are being affected by climate change.

“We are raising awareness and teaching communities how to tackle­ climate change through education,” said Vilane

Vilane said they had visited a number of traditional councils in the district.

“In Ugu district alone we have visited­ more than 15 traditional councils, including Lushaba, Hlubi, Qoloqolo, Emalangeni, Kwanyuswa and Cele P,” he said.

Vilane said common issues faced include illegal sand mining, alien and invasive plants which impact water supply, and bush pigs, which have a negative impact on local­ subsistence farming.

“The people said the loss of indigenous plants has also contributed to communities being affected by climate change. Wildfires are also common in almost all TCs. In fact it was recommended that community members be trained on how to handle fires,” said Vilane.

The communities said climate change is new to them and they are not aware of what action to take to help prevent it.

Communities also spoke about the lack of water which prevented them from planting vegetables and the fires that kill wild stock.

“We have also held dialogues in eThekwini, Harry Gwala and Umgungundlovu.”

The dialogues began at the beginning of October.

“The whole process will be completed in February 2016,” said Vilane.

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