Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy has warned the youth face triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution.
“Which are as a direct result of the unsustainable development path that the world is on, and this unsustainable development path threatens not only the future of the natural world but it actually threatens the future of humanity.”
She spoke at the Green Youth Indaba at the Durban ICC on Thursday.
The Indaba’s theme is “Promoting Youth Participation and Sustainable Skills Development for a Just Transition”.
Creecy said one way to address the problem is sustainable development.
“I think that this is the correct approach that the world in general needs to take to solving the problems, particularly the economic problems of our time.
“Sustainability is a concept that says as humanity we have to meet our current needs in a way that does not undermine the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”