GREEN LIVING PROMOTED AT THE 8TH SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXHIBITION
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene
The city of Durban premiered the 8th Sustainable Living Exhibition at the Durban Exhibition Centre, this year focusing on youth development.
The three-day green event exhibited from the 15th to 17th September and was hosted by the Imagine Durban Programme. The exhibition is key to cultivating and developing youth to care for the natural environment and familiarise themselves to climate change.
The exhibition also adds to the city’s long term goals and showcases what people are doing within the areas of Durban. Focus areas include climate change adaptation, modification, water and energy saving, recycling, food and water wise gardening.
A Durban University of Technology (DUT) Homeopathy 6th year student, Melisa Godfrey, was one of the students representing the university and her department to raise awareness for natural medicine with zero side effects and to raise awareness of sustainable living.
DUT Design students took to stage with their garments made from recyclable material.
“We made the sculptural project this year for our garment show and everything is made out of recycle materials and our theme is endangered species in our country and Africa,” said DUT student Nokwanda Sithole.
We also saw DUT winning the first price for saving energy with their Energy Bus that has been especially improved to promote clean energy solutions and how various renewable energy systems work. The DUT recyclable garment also won first price for waste minimization and recycling.
The exhibition came together with the context of the provincial and global sustainable expansion plan in the form of Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Change Agreement, National Development Plan and Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PDGS).
The exhibition aims to encourage communities to act together towards building a strong and sustainable city and accomplishing the vision of being Africa’s most caring and liveable city. The Durban Exhibition Centre will be opened from 9am -5pm. Entry is free.
*Caption: DUT students posing with their first prize on their Energy Bus.