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City of Johannesburg Press Statement by Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
Media Statement
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
For Immediate Release
#5 June is World Environment Day

The City of Joburg will join communities across the planet to observe World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. The official celebrations will be hosted at the 115-year old Joburg Zoo, commencing with a clean-up operation from 9:00 and with the formalities at 12:00 in the bandstand area.

WED is championed by the Executive Mayor of Joburg, in partnership with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), learners, partners in observing one of the most significant environmental dates on the calendar, This year’s theme, #BeatAirPollution, is a call to immediate action, to find solutions to the unacceptably high-levels of air pollution in the city.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) together with 15 other exhibitors will be showcasing its environmental education programmes and presenting some of innovative projects in place, to foster a cleaner, more environmentally friendly city. Exhibitors will provide exciting and fun hands-on group activities, including experiments, Q&A’s and mini-workshops which aim to nurture green consciousness in Joburg.

The theme #BeatAirPollution, is a global appeal to schools, communities, governments and civil society to explore effective renewable energy use, implement advancements in the use of green technology, accelerate tree planting campaigns and find innovative solutions to improve air quality, while on the ground tackling waste, water and energy management concerns.

Air pollution is a tributary to climate change and acts as a catalyst in speeding up environmental degradation.

World Environment Day is a critical vehicle to mobilize communities to advocate for a better, cleaner and greater Joburg.

The MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg, Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, reiterated that, “Cleanliness is everyone’s responsibility and it starts with each of us remembering that there are no boundaries when it comes to the environment. Disposing domestic waste in the park opposite your home is polluting your community and has a direct bearing on the health of your loved ones living in your household”.

Sifumba added, that with the carrying capacity of Joburg increasing on a daily basis, due to growing urbanization, every citizen must play their part to protect the integrity of private and public spaces.

Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development City of Johannesburg
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