Environment minister Francis Nhema yesterday launched the Zimbabwe Environment Outlook, spelling out the state of the environment in the country.
The launch of the Zimbabwe’s Third State of the Environment Report in Harare coincided with World Environment Day commemorations that fall on June 5 (today) globally.
Addressing guests, Nhema urged all sectors of the economy to invest in renewable energy.
“I urge all of you to invest in renewable energy such as solar which can also make indirect contributions to alleviating poverty by providing energy for cooking, lighting in homes and schools,” he said.
“The green economy initiative has come to Zimbabwe against a background of the global trend of high levels of industrialisation,which increases emissions of greenhouse gases.
“The green economy touches almost every aspect of our lives and concerns our development.”
Nhema added: “The urban and rural communities face serious environmental challenges manifested in the increased demand for water, energy and related services, air and water pollution, unsustainable waste generation and, of course, severe land degradation.”
The launch was attended by captains of industry, environment stakeholders and government officials.