'Use our vast natural resources to bring about justice for our people'

Last week, Refilwe Moloto mentioned that amid all the campaigning ahead of the elections, an issue noticeably absent from the rhetoric, has been the environment.

In response, she received an email from Bishop Geoff Davies, executive director of the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (Safcei).

Joining Africa Melane now, Bishop Davies says although he understands why political parties focus on the bread-and-butter issues, the effects of climate change fit into the overall picture,.

I can understand parties who are trying to garner votes, that they would emphasize what the real concerns and interests of people are, such as overcoming unemployment and poverty and having education and security.

Bishop Geoff Davies, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

The key is that we have got to know and learn that we have to live in harmony with our environment if we are going to survive.

Bishop Geoff Davies, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

Noting that the ANC manifesto, for instance, makes no reference to the environment, the Bishop says it's vital to put a green voice into politics.

There's only one party that I know of that is really trying to do that and that's the Green Party

Bishop Geoff Davies, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

Bishop Davies believes that a green perspective will boost efforts to achieve social justice in South Africa.

The problem is that we pursue wealth as the goal instead of pursuing the well-being of people and planet and using our resources for that.

Bishop Geoff Davies, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

We have vast injustice and vast inequality in our country and I think instead of having economic growth as the goal we need to say: let's bring about economic justice and development and use our vast resources for helping and bringing about greater justice for our people.

Bishop Geoff Davies, Executive director - Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

For more of this discussion, listen below:


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