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Project 90 November Newsletter

An Organisation of Superheroes

By Lorna Fuller, Director Project 90 by 2030

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the IPCC – released its Global Warming of 1.5°C Report on the 8 October 2018.  Shortly thereafter, the Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC)presented this report to a group of concerned civilians and civil society organisations including Project 90 by 2030 – an event I attended and found thought-provoking, to say the least. The report makes irrefutably clear the fact that South Africa (and every other nation on this planet) is not doing enoughto keep global temperatures from warming by more than 1.5°C – the threshold (barely) to prevent catastrophic climate change.  South Africa is the world’s 14th largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Its CO2 emissions are principally due to a heavy reliance on coal.The IPCC Report makes clear that urgent and bold changes in our systems are needed: how we generate and use energy, how we transport ourselves and goods, and what we investour money in.  In a nutshell, South Africa (and by default, the world)  has to double it’s efforts to produce renewable, clean energy and drastically reduce fossil fuel-driven electricity whilst ensuring policies take into account the imbalances in wealth in this country.  If, and only if, we radically change our systems – and do it right now – this may save us from some really appalling conditions looming ahead …. CONTINUED

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