eTHEKWINI ENVIRONMENTAL TEAM
Working together since January 2005, the eThekwini Environmental Team is an informal team responsible for the coordinated efforts of stakeholders within the Ethekwini Municipality.
The team promotes Environmental Education, networking and cooperation to achieve greater impacts in EE efforts.
The current team is as follows:
• Centre for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife (CROW)
• KZN Agriculture and Environmental Affairs – Environmental Services
• Diakonia Council of Churches
• Durban Solid Waste
• Durban Natural Science Museum
• Durban Botanical Gardens
• Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
• Environment and Language Education Trust (ELET)
• Ethekwini City Health Department
• Ethekwini Water Services
• Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
• SA Navy
• South Durban Community Environmental Community Alliance (SDCEA)
• Umgeni Water
• Umgeni River Bird Park
• The Natal Sharks Board
• uShaka Marine World
A major part of the work for this year was to ensure that an environmental conference for eThekwini Youth takes place.
Schools were invited to do presentations on the theme: Local Solutions for Global Challenges. The form of the presentations were talks, recitals, PowerPoint presentations or static presentations. An educator conference was also part of the Youth Conference.
The eThekwini Youth Environmental Conference took place over two days as part of the World Environment Week at the Durban Botanic Gardens. 17 schools participated but attendance was less than normal due to the industrial action by the public sector. The educator workshops on day two were also attended and successful. A science café brought together people to engage in dialogue about climate change.
Two educators and two learners were selected from this conference to attend as day guests at World Environmental Education Congress that took place on the 02-06 July at the Durban International Convention Centre.
Besides being a partner in the Team, KZN Agriculture and Environmental Affairs also sponsored lanyards, name tags, pens and pencil cases for the two-day conference. Copies of the eThekwini Environmental Team’s resource book (a 40 page series of documents packed with handy environmental information) was also sponsored by the Department.
Guy from DSW and Harry from the Sharks Board showing off a mug
made of recycled material at the educator workshop