South Africa, and the world, can no longer afford to treat the impending climate crisis as a future problem. Urgent action, driven by committed leadership, is required to ensure adaption to, and mitigation of, climate change effects.

We must act as one to overcome the following constraints:

  • Reliance on carbon-emitting industries, energy generation and transport: reliance on extractive industries, coal-powered energy generation and motorised transport means that South Africa emits high levels of greenhouse gases.
  • Insufficient nationally-determined contributions (NDCs): South Africa’s NDC’s, which outlines the country’s contribution to global efforts to fight climate change, is below what can be considered as the country’s fair-share contribution.
  • Insufficient political urgency: climate change is not the focus of political action despite evidence proving that it is an immediate threat.

What We Believe

Our Solutions Blueprint

  • Urgently open the market to independent renewable energy producers and work to reduce South Africa’s reliance on coal-powered electricity.
  • Provide skills training to people currently working in the coal mining industry to ensure that they have the necessary skills to transition to work in the renewable energy sector.
  • Allow local governments and individual consumers to procure electricity generated from renewable sources directly from independent power producers.
  • Improve the management, reliance, safety and reach of South Africa’s public transport networks to reduce the dependence on personal motor vehicles.
  • Decentralise the management of South Africa’s passenger rail services and actively work towards reversing the deterioration of passenger rail and expanding commuter rail routes.
  • Include urban green spaces in our municipal development plans, targeting lower socio-economic and environmentally-vulnerable areas.
  • Develop urban farms to reduce the supply chain strain of food production and to address nutritional deficiencies caused by food deserts.
  • Hold executives of corporations personally responsible when companies exceed permitted carbon emissions or cause preventable harm to the environment.
  • Adopt a long-term strategy that will gradually result in the integration of sustainable consumer practices across all spheres of society.
  • Increase funding for scientific research and make grants available for research that advances the fight against climate change.
  • Gradually introduce building regulations to ensure that all new building developments minimise their carbon footprints.
  • Support individuals and companies to develop and adopt carbon-neutral technologies and realistic resilience measures.
  • Criminalise corporate practices, including gross negligence, that cause significant damage to the environment and goes against the country’s climate change imperatives.
  • Encourage carbon-neutral state projects by including an emissions-reduction scoring mechanism in relevant project bid specifications.
  • Focus procurement measures on sourcing locally-produced products wherever feasible, to reduce the climate impact of the government supply-chain.
  • Partner with the international and scientific community to entrench international best practices.
  • Require that all future government-owned buildings and facilities meet green building standards.
  • Require that all government entities and departments develop and implement a resilience and sustainability strategy.
  • Promote green industries to unlock its potential of creating sustainable work opportunities and inclusive growth.
  • Accelerate the adoption of the national circular economy strategy to incentivise the adoption of circular economy principles in all sectors of the economy.
  • Partner with private-sector financial institutions to provide progressive funding opportunities for SMMEs that operate in the green economy.
  • Provide additional support for eco-tourism to promote environmentally sustainable tourism practices.
  • Partner with academic and research institutions to improve South Africa’s scientific capacity and knowledge base related to future, carbon-neutral industries and to enhance education on the dangers of climate change.
  • Implement improved water management practices, including maintenance of infrastructure, to secure South Africa’s at-risk water supply.
  • Protect South Africa’s natural diversity by expanding the areas classified as nature reserves and capacitating law enforcement agencies to address wildlife poaching.
  • Launch wide-reaching tree-planting initiatives and promote the use of indigenous plants. Tree-planting and natural habitat development must be water-wise and targeted interventions are required to combat desertification.