Living Planet Conference | WWF South Africa

What's your junk status? #waste2wealth

Date:     27 July 2017
Time:     09h00-13h00

WWF South Africa brings together exceptional experts in the food, energy and water sectors to share solutions to one of our planet's most pressing challenges - waste.

At this year's Living Planet Conference, we ask, "What is your junk status?"

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Despite our utter dependence on nature for food, water and energy, we are often wasteful.

We toss out nutritious food despite staggering food insecurity, we trash our vital water source areas and fail to effectively harness abundant and free renewable sources of energy, including wind and sun.

This thought-provoking yet practical conference presents a rare opportunity to engage rigorously and dynamically in the search for solutions that we can all apply in our daily lives.

Our line-up of powerful speakers, including Hlubi Mboya, Sissie Matela, Tasneem Essop, Andrea Burgener and WWF’s own Kholosa Magudu, Pavs Pillay and James Reeler, engage with this challenging topic. Our keynote speaker is former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

It's time to think differently, consume wisely and act collectively.


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Meet the speakers of #LPC2017

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The Living Planet Award roll of honour

At the Living Planet Conference, WWF South Africa awards the Living Planet Award which recognises highly commendable contributions to the protection and conservation of the environment. The roll of honour for the awards includes a long list of champions for the environment dating back to 1981:

  • 2016: Dr Jackie King (pictured)
  • 2015: Andrew Zaloumis
  • 2011: Mark Read
  • 2010: Dr Allan Heydorn
  • 2008: Mohammed Valli Moosa
  • 2007: Dr John Hanks & Dr Guy Preston
  • 2006: Nicky & Strilli Oppenheimer
  • 2005: Pat Goss
  • 2004: Ken Newman
  • 2001: German Government through Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwickling (BMZ)
  • 2000: Dr Anton Rupert
  • 1999: Dr Ivan May
  • 1998: Prof Brian Huntley
  • 1997: Dr Tony Ribbink & Dr Simon Munthali
  • 1996: Prof Kader Asmal
  • 1995: Mr Neil MacGregor, Mr Ian Garland
  • 1992: Mr John Geddes Page
  • 1986: Dr Douglas Hey, Mr Ted Reilly, Dr John Stutterheim, Dr Ian Hofmeyr, Ms Ann van Dyk, Mr Hans Hoheisen
  • 1983: Prof Brian Rycroft
  • 1981: Mrs Anthea Westphal

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