Conference can kick-start green economy

COP17 could turn out to be the catalyst that kickstarts South Africa's green economy, according to Wilderness Foundation director Andrew Muir.

Speaking at the climate summit in Durban yesterday, Muir said once serious green investment begins, the fight can be taken to climate change, with solar power in the vanguard.

"Everyone is asking 'how do we kick-start this green economy'? The answer is, we inject the money, and then we connect the dots. Hopefully, COP17 is going to be the key that turns the lock," added Muir.

He cites the roll-out of solar water geysers as a practical example of the impact of green investment. "If one of these devices was installed in every household in this country, we would not have to build two new coal-fired power stations, as we are doing."

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