World Environment Day: green tips from celebs

TV personality

Michelle Garforth-Venter

Does World

Environment Day matter?

The most important message is for people to look at their closest

space. You can play a part by cleaning up your small area or notifying your

municipality if there is polluted water that runs though your area. It’s about

being an alert person, understanding that the city is built on an environment

and that the environment was there before we were.

Green tip:

My first suggestion is not to buy a plastic bag ever again. There

are many reasons for this, but for me it’s really about the marine environment.

Last year the UN reported that the South African coastline had 18 000 pieces of

floating plastic per square kilometre. All of this is killing our marine

wildlife. We’ve done clean-ups where we have had to remove plastics from sea

animals.


Radio and TV

presenter Simon Gear

On World

Environment Day:

Why are people who switch their lights off for a day not doing that

anyway? I’d be far more interested in communities doing these things all the

time.

Green tip:

Growing your own veggies. It’s one of those things you could do

even if you live in a tiny shack in the middle of nowhere or in Sandton, and

it’s about taking advantage of your own resources.


Sonia Booth, greenie and wife of Bafana Bafana player

Matthew Booth

On World Environment Day:

This day creates awareness and hopefully people will feel obliged

to participate.

Green tip:

We must all engage our children by getting them to sort out

recycling materials every Saturday morning. Teach them to grow up as responsible

adults who value and appreciate Mother Nature.


Bishop Geoff Davies, dubbed the Green Bishop, was the SAB

Environmentalist of the Year 2009

On World Environment Day:

Davies believes World Environment Day is important because “humans

are totally dependent on the environment for their life-support system”. It is

important to look after the environment for the sake of future

generations.

Green tip:

Use solar-powered hot-water geysers to save electricity. Although

they are expensive, once they are installed you will have a free, lifetime

supply of hot water. I hope government and Eskom can subsidise people to roll

out these geysers.

 
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