THE international conference on global warming in Copenhagen must come up with strong anti-pollution legislation or else the the whole world will suffer from climate change.
This is the view of representatives of poor communities in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
President Jacob Zuma, Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane have joined leaders of 192 other countries in Denmark for the climate change crisis talks that began yesterday.
The talks aim to come up with a global pact to combat greenhouse gas emissions from 2012 onwards. Scientists say emissions cause global warming, leading to drastic climate changes.
But representatives of Durban's poor communities say the government "is not doing much" to help combat the effects of climate change.
Desmond D'Sa of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, which organises five communities living close to petrochemical industries like Engen and Shell, south of Durban, says the government must come up with laws to stop factories polluting the atmosphere.
D'Sa said cancer rates south of Durban were 250percent higher than in other parts of South Africa.
A climate change rally will be held at Merebank, Durban, on Saturday.