Reuben Ntuluki – the chairperson of Carbon Environmental Awareness Society – will next month engage in a 1000km walk from Kasane to Gaborone. He will engage in activities that brings public awareness and education to the effects of global warming and climate change with members of his society. This is done in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT) and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) which has put P40 000 towards the initiative.
Otukile said they have realised the effects of global warming and climate change brought mainly by uncontrolled carbon footprint arising from the use or consumption of fossils and its derivatives. His initiative has been branded Carbon Walk because the message will be communicated through a 1000km walk. The organisers want the event to be annual.
The reason why it got funding from the MYSC is because this is an event that is done by young people who care for this nation and the environment. Their society was registered last year and before that they were enrolled by YCare Charitable Trust from different institutions in an YCare Youth Leadership programme for two years. This is where they had the chance to participate in long distance walks such as Makgadikgadi walk, Domboshaba walk and Tsodilo Hills walk. They have also worked with organisations like Cheshire Foundation and Cancer Association of Botswana.
The walk will take place in 30 days with 20 days for walking and 10 for days. They intend to cover an average 50km per day. “Upon completion we will have a gala dinner that will be hosted to acknowledge and invite more sponsors and other stakeholders to help raise more funds for the society,” he said. The sponsor of the event is Botswana Oil which is sponsoring with fuel for the cars that will be used and Vivo energy.