Gauteng and NW Province

Biosphere reserve application takes bold step on World Environment Day

North West premiere Thandi Modise has issued a stern warning that failure to conserve and protect the environment could have dire consequences on earth and future generations.

Ms Modise was one of the guest speakers at the World Environment Day celebrations held in Hartbeespoort on Thursday.

The Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism in partnership with the Finnish Environmental Institute hosted the event and a close out seminar for the Magaliesberg Biosphere Application Project under the UN approved theme “Green Economy: Does it include you”.

Premier Thandi Modise called on young people to be actively involved in preservation and conservation of the environment since the celebration coincides with youth month.

Premier Modise explained that it is important for human beings to take note of how they damage the earth for future generations.

“It is how we manage carbon emissions to make sure our future is conserved”, she said.

The Province is in process of finalising an application to declare the Magaliesberg as Biosphere Reserve.

Paivi Halinen representing the Finnish partners on the project said that they support the project because conserving the environment is not only a challenge to the North West province but it also affects the entire world.

14 June to 20 June 2012

Conservation is not an option anymore. There is no planet B. Please conserve. Look at your own carbon and water footprint; is that good enough for your children?

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