CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF ACTION FOR BIODIVERSITY

Empowering the youth of Africa to take action for the future of their environment

  • The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden celebrated 25 years of action for biodiversity by inviting learners from surrounding schools to learn about the importance of biodiversity, and the threats that our earth’s life support system is facing. Photography: Siphumelele Mlaba and Mackyla Govender

  • The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, in Africa and on a global scale. Photography: Siphumelele Mlaba and Mackyla Govender

  • There is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. Today, habitats are degrading and leading to a reduction in biodiversity, a problem that directly affects human well-being, poverty reduction and global sustainable development. Photography: Siphumelele Mlaba and Mackyla Govender

  • This is why it is so vital to empower Africa’s youth to take action for the future of their environment – and that starts with raising their awareness of the importance of their natural surroundings. Photography: Siphumelele Mlaba and Mackyla Govender

  • Msunduzi Municipality representatives, who hosted a climate change workshop with the support of African Climate Reality Project recently, were also present on the day. They spoke to students about how municipalities play an important role in biodiversity conservation. Photography: Kerina Singh

  • Over 180 students from six different schools had the opportunity to enjoy the rich biodiversity that is present just in the botanical garden, while they eagerly absorbed their lesson in biodiversity. Photography: Siphumelele Mlaba and Mackyla Govender

  • Stakeholders from various organisations and provincial departments presented and exhibited their current work in biodiversity conservation. Photography: Kerina Singh

  • Educational and informative resources were available for the students to ponder over. Photography: Kerina Singh

  • The youth of Africa has everything to gain from taking action for the future of their environment, and everything to lose from not – but it’s up to us to empower them to fight for it. Photography: Siphumelele Mlaba and Mackyla Govender