GREEN CAMPUS INITIATIVE PROMOTES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
The Durban University of Technology’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI) held a silent march on Wednesday afternoon.
It was an awareness campaign on combating environmental issues affecting the earth. The theme of the campaign was “Mother earth has nothing to say, but her actions signify her sadness”.
GCI Vice Chairperson Thelezinhle Dumakhude said that the march was a symbol of the state of planet earth.
She said, “Mother earth does not speak, she only shows her reactions through climate change hence today we are having a silent march. People will see our mission through the written boards we are holding.”
Dumakhude said the campaign is turning two years this year, but it is still struggling in terms of membership.
She said most students are interested in fashion shows and when it comes to walks and other climate change campaigns, the numbers decrease. She urged people to take initiative and keep their enviroment clean for a better tomorrow.
The march was in DUT’s three main campuses out of seven campuses .One of the GCI committee members Siya Dube said the campaign is yet to be launched at other campuses.
He said they had one hour to do the silent walk hence they did not manage to go to other campuses.
Dube urged people to read and understand the memorandum of GCI.
“We are not a political party, the green t-shirts stand for the green environment. People should read our memorandum it is clarifies who we are,” said Dube.
He added that it was the last march this committee was holding. He said he looked forward to more attendency when the incoming committee puts its plan of action into motion.
Second year Management student Mxolisi Ndlovu said he has seen the GCI in action. He said the campaigns have been vocal and it was a good initiative to have a silent march and let people interpret it on their own.
The march targeted the campus’ most littered areas like the caffeterias. It received mixed emotion, but most people were interested in reading what was written on the boards. Some of the students were interested in ways of getting green t-shirts sidelining the aim of the campaign.
Dumakhude said it was the first silent march and the GCI will not give up until students get the message of environmental stability.