We will deal with anyone causing environmental damage: Shifeta

05 Jun 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta on Wednesday warned that his ministry will take strong measures to deal with those who illegally cut down trees.
Shifeta was speaking here during the launch of a tree plantation campaign by the Indian High Commission in collaboration with the environment ministry, the University of Namibia and Intelligence Support Against Poaching.
The minister also slammed those who justify illegal timber harvesting as their only means of livelihood.
“We will deal with anyone who illegally does anything that causes environmental damage without favour, fear or prejudice. Some people become so greedy, even reasoning that ‘we have to make money, we have to make a living’ - we are in fact creating conditions for our self-destruction,” Shifeta said.
Indian High Commissioner to Namibia, Prashant Agrawal at the event echoed Shifeta’s words, saying greediness and uncontrolled human consumption are among other things causing climate change and environmental degradation.
However, Agrawal was at pains to stress that the only way to tackle these challenges is by working hand in hand.
“Unchecked human consumption, greed and wastage are the root causes of this crisis that stares us squarely in the face today. The challenges are enormous. Only our collective action can help,” the high commissioner said.
In his concluding words, Shifeta urged all Namibians to develop a culture of planting trees instead of cutting them down.
During the campaign launch, 150 trees were planted at the university. The same number of trees are expected to be planted at Karasburg in the //Kharas Region over the next few weeks.
The campaign was launched in observation of the United Nations’ World Environment Day commemorated on 05 June annually and the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Indian activist, Mahatma Gandhi.