Namaqualand pensioner walks to highlight climate change awareness

12 April 2017

mediumClimate change crusader, Abraham Cloete, is on a mission to create awareness about climate change among rural communities in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape.

Cloete, a 66-year-old is walking more than 90 kilometres from Hondeklip Bay to Garies across the Northern Cape, as part of the awareness. Cloete says the effects of climate change are already evident where he lives in Hondeklip Bay, with sea levels and birdlife among the affected.

Hondeklip Bay is a popular holiday destination, especially for farmers in the surrounding area. The town lies about 95 km southwest of Springbok. The main source of income for the town is its rich marine resources, especially rock lobster. Various scenic and circular routes make for spectacular drives during the flower season.

However, this may all change due to climate change. Rising sea levels and diminishing sea life has Cloete worried. He says that he has seen the changes happen before his eyes over the past few decades.

‘I’m doing the walk for the next generation, because climate change is here and communities will have to stand up and look at the facts. The frogs, seagulls, flamingos are getting less and the sea levels are rising. I want things to return to the way it was,’ said Cloete.

Cloete hopes the community will take note of his initiative and start recycling and take better care of the environment.

Have a look at a short video of Cloete on his walk at the following link:

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