Right now climate change is riding its way up the global agenda, as all the world’s governments compile and start submitting their INDCs, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations for the biggest conference to decide on the future of this planet in December in Paris, alias COP21.
We have attended some workshops where civil society was able to offer our opinions and indeed knowledge. Also the Climate Hearings in parliament. We were part of the Light the Way climate vigils held in 100 countries on the day before the International Conference on Sustainable Development started in New York.
Yet amongst civil society there is grave concern. Are we being taken seriously? Will our country take in a leadership position, as the tenth largest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world? Simultaneously we are on the most vulnerable continent on the planet. Already climate refugees are pouring out of Africa. Yes, climate plays a major role - we make the link for you in this issue. This will be the new normal.
Notice our unique position. Is this not the perfect opportunity - as we represent both ends of the scale - for us to once again show the world what resolute courage, intelligence and innovation is locked in this nation? Our traditional communities, our labour force, those below the breadline, our vulnerable species are suffering. Crippling droughts are escalating food prices, water is becoming critical.
Now is the time for us as a nation to overcome our terminal narcissism, drop our need for short-term comfort and face the terror of standing up for what is right. We have done it before. Climate change, as the final obstacle to a fair and just world. How will we write this history?
It is also a great connector, as we are all in this together. This was the energy that moved me in parliament last week. Now more than ever we need each other to craft urgent, drastic and radical solutions for a reasonable future.
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Faith communities, supported by the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign and others gathered outside the Cape Town Parliament earlier this month to demonstrate against the government’s continued secrecy around the nuke deals.
Who is responsible for packaging materials lying around in the environment? How can we best curb this dilemma, which seems to be growing by the day? One solution is the principle of EPR, or Extended Producer Responsibility.
SA joined the biggest volunteer effort for ocean health in 1996. This year’s International Coastal Clean-Up Day was the best ever, said coordinators, sponsors and volunteers who participated in this important work this month.
There are remarkable individuals and groups in this country who treasure our environment through innovative service. The 2015 National WESSA Awards have been presented to recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of five individuals and groups.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nations Champions of the Earth award in recognition of her country’s initiatives to address climate change.
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Just One Day is a song composed by Desert Rose to promote global awareness of the critical nature of Climate Change as the world prepares for COP21, most crucial climate change conference in the history of mankind.
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Earlier this month, The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs held public hearings on SA’s Climate Change Negotiating Position in the lead-up to COP21, to be held in Paris, France, this December.
I’ve been interested in the way the migrant crisis is being debated in politics and the media. It’s that word – crisis – that is particularly striking. It suggests that what we’re seeing across Europe is a temporary disaster.