Youths in bid to save the planet
MORE than 200 youths representing the African continent are coming to Soweto.
The youths will take part in the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Durban from November 28 to December 9.
The South African Council of Churches Youth Forum arranged for a caravan to travel from Nairobi, Kenya, to Durban, to teach youth about the environment.
The forum's Bongani Luvalo said from Nairobi that the 'We Have Faith - Act Now for Climate Justice' caravan will travel to Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana before coming to Soweto.
"In all these countries, we will meet youth and try to understand their environmental issue.
"We will share issues of sustainable development and youth issues around climate change. When the bus gets here, we will have information-sharing sessions," Luvalo said.
He said one of the aims of the caravan is to plan and set up strategies for active youth participation and information sharing at COP17, focusing on influencing the process and the outcomes of the negotiations.
The caravan is expected in Johannesburg on November 21.
"From Johannesburg, the caravan will travel to Durban, where the youth will be received by global faith leaders at Kings Parks Stadium," Luvalo said.
Performers at the stadium will include HHP, YFM's Mo Flava, Zan D and Andy; Norwegian Ten Sing and Kenyan Julian.
"We understand that driving through the countries is not very environmentally friendly so when we drive back, we will be planting trees in all the cities that we stop in," Luvalo said.