Greens will determine economies

2011-11-25 07:45

Ballito - The green movement, which advocates the protection of the environment, will soon determine how economies are run, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Thursday.

The movement would also determine how political parties rose to power, Mbalula told delegates at a sport, environment and climate change seminar in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa had adopted ambitious goals for the green economy, which were part of the New Growth Path Strategy, he said.

"That is why we have assembled this contingent this morning to share ideas and opinions on what needs to be done."

The aim of the seminar was to devise strategies to counter-act negative effects of climate change.

"We are called upon as sport and recreation fraternity to make our humble contribution into the debates and discussions," said Mbalula.

The 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) provided an opportunity for the sport and recreation movement in the South Africa to enter into a global climate change debates.

It was important for sport authorities to take part in protecting the environment, because the construction of sports facilities had an impact on the environment and ecosystem, he said.

"It is fundamentally true that organised sporting events, whatever their scope and scale, also have ramifications on the environment and ecosystems."

He said athletes, spectators and fans could be mobilised to implement best practices on sustainable development.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Sam Ramsamy told delegates that his organisation had played a huge role in encouraging countries to create environmentally friendly sports facilities.

He said he had been impressed at how China had introduced environmentally friendly facilities when Beijing hosted the Olympics three years ago.

London, which will host the games next year, had also implemented everything that the IOC proposed, he said.

  • Richard - 2011-11-25 09:03

    "The green movement, which advocates the protection of the environment, will soon determine how economies are run". And that is exactly the problem. The green movement should NOT determine how economies are run! We already have a completely unnecessary carbon emissions tax which is making little or no actual difference to the planet, but costing citizens millions a year. The whole theory of climate change is based on dodgy science with manipulated data to fit the green movement's hypothesis. It is criminal to have this green movement impose any kind of action with significant impact on the world's citizens. They are now talking about heavily taxing emissions in the aviation sector, which will have vast implications for tourism and other industries who rely heavily on aviation. All that while the whole idea of human-caused climate change is far from being proven to exist or be anything to worry about, let alone that we can actually effectively do something about it without crippling the world's economies. Reign in the green movement, please. A vast number of them are not even scientists at all, but extremist hippie-style activists with little actual knowledge and understanding of the planet's overall needs, not only regarding the environment but also the world economy. I myself am a scientist, conservationist and environmentalist, but I am deeply concerned about the way this climate change hype is starting to affect government thinking and world economies. Wake up people.

      Ernst - 2011-11-25 09:14

      "but I am deeply concerned about the way this climate change hype is starting to affect government thinking and world economies. Wake up people." Climate change should absolutely affect goverment thinking, as the future of the planet and our way of life is at stake. You say you are a scientist, then why are you ignoring what 98% of climate scientists (actively publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals) are saying: The continued burning of fossil feuls is going to destroy the planet's ability to sustain life....YOUR LIFE!

      Ryan Holland - 2011-11-25 14:19

      Richard, all you people have left is rhetoric. The science speaks for itself and that is why every major scientific body in the world supports it. Why don't you put your finding in a peer reviewed journal instead of wasting time here? You could make a fortune.

      thelittlegreenhouse - 2011-11-25 16:15

      Thank you Richard, it's about time we hear some critical thinking on this subject, instead of the usual fluffy sheep noises.

      Ernst - 2011-11-25 18:06

      @thelittlegreenhouse: Get a proper education please.

      Ryan Holland - 2011-11-25 19:21

      Yet more rhetoric.

  • bernpm - 2011-11-26 14:53

    Fikile Mbalula as the new economist. How can sport help? 1. close all golf courses to save water. 2. replace physical presence of spectators at events with direct TV to avoid hordes of people riding around in cars to find a parking. 3. stop all night sport events to reduce electricity consumption. Easy to come up with similar suggestions for recreation. Enjoy the debate on the issue.

  • Quirk - 2011-11-28 08:30

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