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09 December 2011

Eden learners wow Cop17


Image: Thirteen learners from Eden were given the unique opportunity by the national government to present climate change findings and ways of combating global warming initiatives within their schools and municipalities at Cop17. They outdid themselves and impressed delegates. From the left are Leshwin Barnado, Anneleen van Dyke, Brian du Preez, Niel du Toit, Luke Goliath, Chuma Magusha, Willicia Reed, Deputy Mayor Lionel Esau, Melanie van Tonder, Niklas Martin, Mandy Mngomezulu, Asemahle Sonqayi, Regan Taute and Donwald Hartman.


EDEN DISTRICT NEWS - Thirteen learners from Eden were granted an official platform at Cop17 in Durban where they had delegates in awe with their presentations.

The learners were given the unique opportunity by the national government to present climate change findings and ways of combating global warming initiatives within their schools and municipalities at Cop17 (17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change).

An excited tour organiser, Vernon Gibbs-Halls, Environmental Control Officer at Eden Municipality, said this landmark tour of the learners marks a first for the Western Cape.

Two learners from each of the towns George, Mossel Bay, Hessequa, Oudts-hoorn, Kannaland, Knysna and Bitou were selected by Eden District Municipality to represent the district in engaging with international youth as well as world representatives attending the convention.

Gibbs-Halls was elated about the success of the tour and said the region’s young representatives truly excelled in their presentations in Durban.

"Delegates were in awe of their professional approach to climate change issues and innovative ways of addressing them," said Gibbs-Halls.

"The group have done themselves, their respective municipalities, their schools and the Eden District Municipality very proud. They embraced this once in a lifetime opportunity to the fullest extent and far more than what was expected, continuous-ly engaging with expo stallholders, learning about new and exciting ways of cutting global emissions and pledging to turn this learning into action upon their return."

A tired, but jubilant group of youngsters returned to George on Monday.

They were also accompanied by Deputy Executive Mayor Lionel Esau and Speaker Doris Naylor who assisted in making the journey a success.

- George Herald