19 Oct

UASA Media Release: 18 October 2021

Climate change may lead to more job losses worldwide

In the picture from left to right: UASA CEO and FEDUSA Vice President: Development and Chairperson, Development Committee Mr. Jacques Hugo and FEDUSA President Mr. Godfrey Selematsela during FEDUSA Climate Change Policy Launch at Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng, earlier today.

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
Mr. Jacques Hugo, UASA CEO and FEDUSA Vice President: Development, delivered his keynote address at the FEDUSA Climate Change Policy Launch held at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng, earlier today. The event is held in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), while UASA is affiliated to FEDUSA.

Hugo called on fellow South Africans to take the effects of climate change into serious consideration. “The main cause of climate change is human activities. Unless we act now, our youth may not have a sustainable planet to survive on in the near future,” he said.

At the launch several industry experts and delegates who are closely involved in climate change challenges, tackled various aspects of climate change.

In his presentation, Hugo articulated a few causes of climate change, including:
• use of fossil fuel
• deforestation
• intensive agriculture
• global warming
• waste disposal among others
Hugo also noted a number of possible solutions to the problem:
• working together towards producing green energy
• recycling waste to avoid polluting clean and fresh waters
• planting trees to reduce carbon footprint and air pollution
• educating our communities about the importance of conserving our natural resources for the future
• deploying smart and adaptable technology by organisations to help align their production to be environmentally friendly and sustainable

FEDUSA President Godfrey Selematsela emphasised the dire need to conserve the planet as climate change and global warming threaten jobs. He encouraged South Africans to take ownership and fight for a green economy and be pioneers of climate change. “Going green will help companies sustain jobs, create more employment and make sure that the livelihood of our people is sustained.”

Tomorrow, on the second and last day of the FEDUSA Climate Change Policy Launch, industry experts and delegates will discuss the specific challenges of climate change and the water crisis faced in South Africa.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .



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