Windhoek schools demonstrate against climate change

20 Sep 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – Several schools in Windhoek marched on Friday from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to Parliament Gardens, to hand over a petition calling on lawmakers to implement national policies to help save the planet.
The demonstration is organised by several civil societies including Earthlife Namibia, a non-governmental organisation that promotes the sustainable use of natural resources.
Earthlife Namibia’s chairperson, Bertchen Kohrs was quoted in local media in August as saying she wants every school in the country to use Fridays to march against climate change and to carry on doing it until lawmakers do something about it.
The initiative is part of a global intervention of learners fighting for action on climate change.
Temwani Brunns, a Grade 10 pupil from Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek who read the petition on behalf of the group, said she hopes for every house in the country to be fitted with photovoltaic solar panels that are environment friendly, which will change the burning of fossils that damage the environment.
“This would result in everybody making money from energy generation and most certainly an immediate departure from the burning of fossils, but no, we want to protect the monopolised energy generation of NamPower – ‘powering the nation’ rather than empowering the nation,” said Brunns referring to the national power utility’s slogan.
Another pupil that participated in the march is Magreth Nuru-Kham from Waldorf School who said it will not be fair for the next generation to inherit a damaged environment, as the current leaders are just watching idly without acting, thus they want them to act now “or the world would perish”.
Secretary to Cabinet Lydia Kandetu received the petition on behalf of Cabinet Speaker Peter Katjavivi, and promised to deliver it to him for Parliament discussion.