The media has been urged to write stories that raise awareness on sustainable environmental management (SEM).

This came out at an Environmental Management Agency (EMA) media briefing in the capital where issues of environmental preservation were discussed.

Environmental preservation is among key issues occupying global debate with a national clean up strategy, with veld fire awareness and the use of hazardous substances in mining being among areas under the spotlight. 

EMA board chairperson Mr Christopher Chitindi said journalists should know techniques used in reporting on environmental issues in order to educate the public about SEM.

“We are partnering the media and try to give them knowledge on issues to do with the environment so that they send clear messages to the people about how best they can protect their surroundings,” he said.

Some of the major issues raised by EMA’s environment education and publicity manager Mrs Amkela Sidange were the threat of veld fires and the use of mercury which results in the loss of lives on an annual basis.

“The second week of May is the national fire week and people should start making fire guards in preparation for the fire season which begins on 31 July every year,” said Mrs Sidange.

According to EMA, in 2017 alone, six people died due to fire incidents while in 2018, five deaths were recorded giving a decrease of 16.7 percent.