Sinesipho Schrieber
2 minute read
5 Dec 2019
6:15 am

Green economy can create jobs, save environment – experts

Sinesipho Schrieber

However, environmental justice should not take precedence over mitigating social inequality, the researchers warned.

Green economy in South Africa. Picture: Twitter

Experts are warning government against allowing a United Nations’ call to expand the green economy to overrule the need for socioeconomic justice. They believe this path could lead to environmental justice taking precedence over mitigating social inequality. Wits University’s Society, Work and Development Institute researcher Dr Victor Munnick said the call for a green economy had been controversial for decades, as people feared losing their jobs. “I do agree there is a greater need for a green economy, for the sustainability of the environment and human health. But, firstly, we need to understand that as a country, we inherited mining...