Premier Zille Strengthens Call for Western Cape to Go Green in Light of Population Growth
Premier Helen Zille is making a call for residents of the Western Cape to share their ideas for making the province greener, as well as to make an active commitment to play their part in striving for sustainability that can make the region a Green Economy Hub. Following the release of the Census 2011 data, which showed that the Western Cape's population has increased by 29% since 1996, Premier Zille said that this population growth should trigger the government, business, civil society, communities and individual citizens to redouble their efforts to "go green" by striving for resource efficiency and integrating sustainability practices into everyday living.
"The growing strain on our limited resources and increasing energy demand from a growing population mean that we simply cannot carry on in the unsustainable way we have been doing for many years. Our society needs to start moving from a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption to one of essential consumption. We all need to recycle more, we need to use more public and non-motorised transport and we need to stop water waste that happens through tap and pipe leaks.