Pfarelo Apologise Bologo has gained valuable experience as a researcher for GroundWork, a non-profit environmental justice organisation; now she is now putting that into action. As director of Pepper Bark Environmental and Development, she works to educate and involve young people in sustainable grassroots development.
Bologo takes great pride in the role she played as an environmental activist for Earthlife Africa, where she took a stand against coal mining and the Musina Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Both Earthlife Africa and GroundWork fought against procedural flaws relating to the environmental impact assessments for the SEZ.
The intersection of climate change and our collective mental health has surprised and interested Bologo. She says that we must respect our position in nature and acknowledge that we are merely a cog within the bigger machine, not the master. As a society, we need to address the burning of fossil fuels and illegal dumping with great urgency. Continued exploitation of resources will cause large-scale natural catastrophes — she hopes to play a role in reducing this exploitation.
Bologo believes that we take a reductionist approach to nature by merely seeing it as a resource for oxygen and food. She says that we must always be aware of the interconnectedness we possess with nature and ecosystems, and that we must cherish and prioritise this. We coexist with each other, but it is as important that we coexist respectfully with our natural environment.
She plans on using Pepper Bark Environmental and Development as a vehicle to get this message across, to spread awareness and to hold those in power accountable.
It is… important that we coexist respectfully with our natural environment