Young people aged between 14 and 35 are being encouraged to help create a version of the South African State of the Environment Report that is more user-friendly to the general public. National coordinator of the youth project, Troy Govender, called the report “one of South Africa’s most important documents.”
The original document is available through the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s website, and is a technical and scientific compilation of information on South Africa’s human and natural environments.
The report deals with issues like human settlements, human vulnerability, environmental sustainability, inland water resources, marine and coastal resources and biodiversity. Young people are being encouraged to help transform the report into a readable, accessible document. Invitations have been sent out to schools and youth organisations in all nine provinces, and contributions are welcomed to help create a glossy publication which will be launched on Youth Day.
All participants will be acknowledged for their contributions or suggestions. The contributions will be edited by teams in each of the provinces before being compiled by a national editorial workshop at the end of February. For more information contact Troy Govender on 083 265 6627.