The Government of South Africa must declare a climate emergency.
We are already living with the impacts of the climate crisis with ever more extreme weather events like droughts and floods, loss of wildlife and increasingly scarce freshwater resources.
We’re facing an air pollution crisis in South Africa too. Both the air pollution crisis and the climate emergency share the same solution: we must shift away from fossil fuels in an urgent Just Transition, and create a future powered by renewable energy.
But South Africa’s biggest emitters continue to pump deadly amounts of greenhouse gases in the air, and our leaders are just letting this happen. In response, a youth-led #climatestrike movement is building, calling for action to safeguard their future. The government’s inaction on the climate crisis shows a clear disregard for the future of young South Africans.
Stand up with the youth of South Africa and ask the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, to declare a climate emergency and act like it.