SABC News - Environmental activists march in Jhb:Saturday 26 November 2011

Environmental activists march in Jhb

Saturday 26 November 2011 12:15


Activists hope COP17 produces definitive results

Activists hope COP17 produces definitive results.(SABC)

Hundreds of environmental activists are marching through the streets of Johannesburg today. They're demanding that world leaders meeting in Durban for the Climate Change Conference (COP17) come up with definitive solutions. South Africa is hosting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change over the next two weeks.

If a global deal to reduce carbon emissions isn't reached soon, Africa will face further drought, submerged cities and coastlines, and some species of animals may become extinct.

Earthlife's Makoma Lekalakala says they're marching to raise awareness to the extent of the problem, “Millions of people around the world are already facing the impact of the climate crisis. We are marching to make sure that this COP doesn’t become another failure, a failure that would cost the lives of millions of South Africans. That is why we demand them to come up with a solution. Is this COP17just going to be hot air or will a deal be reached at this meeting?”

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