The greener the bet­ter

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED GREAT PLANS have been an­nounced in Par­lia­ment re­gard­ing the di­rec­tion in which Gov­ern­ment plans to steer SA’s na­tional cli­mate strat­egy. The Cabi­net has in­structed the Fi­nance De­part­ment to in­ves­ti­gate a car­bon tax for the coun­try, with the im­pli­ca­tion that com­pa­nies that re­lease large amounts of car­bon diox­ide in their man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses will have to pay for the en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age they cause. BEELD said one of mankind’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to rule over the earth and con­se­quently leave the en­vi­ron­ment in the best pos­si­ble state for gen­er­a­tions to come. Ac­tion must be taken against those who dis­re­gard that. Die Burger said no tax is pop­u­lar but the cli­mate strat­egy plan is a step in the right di­rec­tion. Busi­ness Day said com­pa­nies must have the will to change, but so far there’s been lit­tle ev­i­dence of that hap­pen­ing.

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