The major parties in the 2019 South African election do not mention climate change in their manifestos – an existential threat to humanity.
Nor do they seriously address green energy, a proven job creator as well as part of the pathway to solving the climate crisis.
blog contains personal views on green policy that anyone is free to
lift but with attribution if they use them wholesale. I am not in this
for gain but credit where it is due is fair use practice.
Why is there urgency around this issue?
parts of the country are in the grip of a serious drought including the
Eastern Cape where I live. A prediction of climate change science is intensification of the hydrological cycle
as the planet warms – so extremes of drought and flood will increase.
And the poor are the ones who suffer the most, so this is a question of
equity and justice.
Protests by school children about
climate inaction are both inspiring and shameful. They are inspiring
because it shows they care; they are shameful because it should not be
up to children. This country had the experience of leaving addressing
change to school children in 1976; have we learnt nothing from that?
do school children have to protest about? Stealing their future for a
quick buck. This is also very much about intergenerational justice. So
they are right to be concerned. The first stage hits the poor the
hardest but eventually it will hit everyone.
This is not the time for silence – silence is complicity.
But anger alone is not enough – you have to have solutions. And that is what this blog is about.
Check in here for articles; you can also follow my Facebook page on the same subject. These are personal views – use them to inform your voting choice.
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