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Body Unpolitic

By Dishonourable Ember
So, Wednesday was World Environment Day. So what! It means nothing to Africa. We don't benefit. We just have to suffer as usual. The US and its fellow culprits are the ones who are despoiling the environment for us.

The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an antifood waste and food loss campaign that encourages you, me and everybody else to reduce your foodprint.

Many of us in Africa don't even have a foodprint. One in every 7 people go to bed hungry every night and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger - and this is generally in the so-called Third World and specifically in Africa.

On the other hand, UNEP estimates that the populations of the world's richest countries waste as much as 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year.

This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Roughly 30 percent of all food in the United States isn't consumed.

Waste occurs at nearly every level of production, wasting resources at the same time that many go hungry around the globe.

From to food to Food for Thought (remember part of the theme this year is 'think'). Last month the concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere shot past the 400 parts per million mark for the first time in 4.5 million years. And, as the U.S. and China are the world's largest polluters, any hope of saving our planet depends on the commitment of these two powerhouses.

Does it help us much? No Way. In stead of reducing the pollution as a matter of urgency, they are leaving it for some years to come. Meanwhile, we continue to suffer increased drought (Namibia, Malawi, Zambia), crazy weather (the SA Cape and KZN) and other unpredictable weather phenomena.

This time we are not the only ones suffering. Australia has had the hottest summer in living memory, Europe is flooding and even the USA's summer was hotter than usual.

One can but hope that the message sent out on Wednesday will find resonance amongst the biggest culprits and that we will be able to stop the global disaster clock at 1 minute to 12!

Think about the destruction; eat your lies of the past years and save our environment if not for us, at least for our children! How dare anyone in Namibia in the year 2013 (23 years after independence) claim that some facilities are 'for whites only'? Even in the conservative cattle country (speak Gobabis) this message should have sunk in long ago. Every time an unthinking white person does something so extraordinarily stupid, he - by association and nothing else - utomatically paints all other whites in the country with the same brush. And 99% of them don't want to be!! These compatriots are in step with all other Namibians to make the country a better place for all. But, as they say: There are always some rotten apples...

But calls from the general populace to chase all whites away, into the sea or whatever will also not help. Let's not have a few spoil it all for the rest of the population.... we are supposed to live in peace, reconciliation and mutual appreciation of one another!


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