GREENPEACE MARCH IN DURBAN
By: Tankiso Moshoeshoe
Thousands of learners from schools around KwaZulu-Natal, and activists took part in a Greenpeace march against fake forests in the streets of Durban, last week.
The march was aimed at the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation, and the World Forestry Congress which was held at the ICC arena.
The rally was formed as a protest, as part of the global Day of action against fake forests.
Activists and learners sent direct messages to leaders all over the world to stop corruption, pollution, destructing the environment, greed, abuse and stealing.
It was also emphasised that the future and the present belongs to young people all over the world to decide.
“I spent most of the week inside that meeting that tried to convince everybody, especially people with money that they should invest in plantations. We told them that plantations are
not forests, but they don’t want to believe it.
They are at the moment planning the expansion of these plantations to the territories they didn’t occupy yet,” said Dr Miguel Lovera head of SENAVE, Paraguay’s food and
Greenpeace’s International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, said that the FAO as part of the UN has given a very broad definition, so broad that may people in civil society are
concerned about it.
People are not against planting trees, but more concerned about actually destroying biodiversity.
“It is important to make a distinction that anything destroying the forests and then replacing it, is not going to be as good, either at the level at capturing carbon, and soil quality,” added