With time passing and more effects of climate change being felt in Zimbabwe this is a call to step up our efforts. SustainZim is an outlet to educate Zimbabweans on the harm we are bringing to our own environment and eventual wellbeing.

With time passing and more effects of climate change being felt in Zimbabwe this is a call to step up our efforts. SustainZim is an outlet to educate Zimbabweans on the harm we are bringing to our own environment and eventual wellbeing. In this first quarter edition we have very interesting articles which are worth a read and may change your opinion on certain topics. With that said, contained is a very interesting article on ‘hunting as a form of conservation’ by Johnny Whitfield. In his article Johnny talks about the benefits of hunting compared to poaching. He mentions the recent extinction of the northern white rhino due to poaching and how their southern cousins still have healthy numbers due to conservation from hunting proceeds. He further explains how keeping hunting alive pays for the protection of animals in the national parks. Johnny goes on to remind us that killing of animals is part of human nature, commercial faming kills millions of animals but we do not see the pictures of dead animals (as illustrated in the inserts) but rather trays of meat on
our shelves.

I do encourage our readers to view this article with an open mind and make an educated conclusion because Johnny has given us the other spectrum of hunting. On the upside, China banned all ivory trade starting January 2018, this should result in less poaching allowing animal numbers, especially rhinos to increase. Unfortunately, this ban came too late for the northern white rhino, Prisca Daka from Speak Out For Animals talks about the death of Sudan the last remaining male northern white rhino. Sudan and 2 females had been moved from a zoo in Czech Republic to Kenya for breeding purposes. The species is extinct in the wild and these were the last 3 known rhinos. Due to old age Sudan was unable to mount the 2 females and IVF treatment was unsuccessful. It also didn’t help that the 2 females were related to Sudan, his daughter and granddaughter. It was a sad day in March 2018, death of another species on our watch.

In other articles, Tanaka Tsikira a sustainability consultant talks about serious consideration with regards to the potential harmful side effects of chemicals and technologies used in farming. He talks about residential farming, which is farming in urban areas and how urban challenges and modern-day farming techniques create a possible recipe for health and environmental disasters. Tanaka explains how chemicals and fertilisers deposit nitrates into our groundwater, he lists the health risk associated and suggests solutions. With the public losing confidence in Harare city water, low annual rainfalls and rations, groundwater has become an essential resource especially in the capital, so it is important it stays uncontaminated. Elaine Sarudzai’s article explains how people have neglected their impact on nature, a fundamental resource linked to our existence and how acceleration of climate change is threatening the livelihood of millions. Elaine mentions the fact that Africa is the least contributor towards climate change but suffers the most effects. She explains how Africa must educate its citizens that climate change is not a natural coarse but man made.

Staying with climate change and its link to African development, Oswald Chisanga talks about redefining development in the age of climate change. He suggests the introduction of effective policies and strategies as climate change threatens to reverse or halt human development. Just like Elaine, Oswald explains how developing counties are more affected because they depend directly on climate sensitive natural resources and their incapacity to finance effective mitigation and adoption strategies. He points out that climate change is not a priority for African counties as compared to poverty and underdevelopment. In my view we cannot begin to talk about climate change with Africans without solving their livelihood issues. Michael Zvakanaka wrote an article on the ‘Zimbo Green January Clean Up’ in Harare. According to Michael there was a big turnout with City of Harare cleaners made available. He touches on the fact that vendors are the biggest litterers in the CBD and their view is it is the job of the cleaners to remove their litter, ‘otherwise they would have no work to do’. This thinking must be changed as one should be responsible for their own litter, bins must be made plentiful because that has been another complaint from the public that there are not enough bins in our cities. Michael interview some members of the public and 1 mentioned the fact that “people need jobs more than they need clean air to breath,” this compliments my earlier point that we cannot begin to mention climate change without tackling livelihood issues.

Our feature article in this edition is on ‘Mountain Guides Boost Zimbabwe Tourism’. Jane High answers questions on the course available and encourages young and older Zimbabweans who are in love with nature to consider a career in mountain guiding. Worldwide there has been an increase in tourists who are fascinated with the outdoors, hill walkers, hikers, bird watchers and others, so there is a demand for mountain guides. Archie Mathibhela (SustainZim staff), talks about the ‘Zimbabwe open for business policy’ versus a ‘Sustainable National Economic Vision’. He touches on how rural communities are not benefiting from resources in their own areas and the need for social responsibility. A big thank you goes out to all our contributors and readers, may the spreading of the sustainable development message continue, our future depends on it.

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