WWF Panda Bulletin April 2016
Leading up to Earth Hour, South Africans pledged their online commitment to climate action through everyday actions like greening their diets, saving energy, becoming water-wise and reducing their waste. These individual actions translate into real change for the environment.
Also in March, WWF – in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa and the Centre of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies – held a public debate examining whether nuclear energy was the right choice for South Africa.
In July 2016, WWF will bring exceptional young leaders together to debate and refine practical steps in South Africa’s journey towards a sustainable and fair future in the Living Planet Conference so watch this space!
We also reflect on the worst drought to have struck South Africa in 30 years. Christine Colvin, senior manager for WWF-SA’s Freshwater Programme, argues that this might be the wake-up call we need.
South Africa has also seen 21 new proposed marine protected areas. MPAs offer many benefits for nature and society. They protect critical habitats for the reproduction and growth of species and allow sensitive ocean areas to recover from the stresses of exploitation while contributing to healthy marine sites for sustainable and responsible eco-tourism.
The annual Cape Town Cycle Tour also saw a great success as over 35 000 cyclists embarked on the 109km journey through some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery. Cyclists mounted their bikes in support of over 120 beneficiaries from a range of backgrounds, WWF being one of them with our Ride for Nature campaign.