Politics and Climate Justice
South Africa will hold its 5th national elections on May 8th 2019, with 48 contesting parties. Constituents are asking themselves “Who will I vote for?” in a country where inequality is increasing, costs of living are soaring and unemployment is almost a ‘given’ for school-leavers. These elections will also be held during South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history – a fact which every political party has failed to recognise or mention in their lead-up to D-Day.
South Africa is on a trajectory to a 4 degree increase in global temperatures, if assessed by our current energy policies. We are currently at 1.2 degree Celsius hotter since before the industrial revolution and are fast heading to a 1.5C overshoot unless over the next 12 years we cut emissions by 45% to 2010 levels and to net zero by 2050. We have 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Our addiction to coal in this country will intensify climate change and it’s impacts through extreme weather events – which in turn bring intensified climate inequalities and injustice through escalating food and water costs, and job losses. Not one of our political parties understand climate change as a major threat to our stability as a country – nor to our continued contribution to global ambitions of reducing carbon emissions in our atmosphere.
Project 90 by 2030, together with Civil Society Organisation partners SAFCEI, One Million Climate Jobs, ACRP, EMG and 350 Africa are hosting a public debate to pose critical questions about climate justice ambitions to the top political parties in a POLITICAL PARTY MANIFESTO DEBATE, happening on the 25 April 2019 at Community Hall in Salt River from 4-7pm. The audience will consist of members of the public, environmental organisations, unions, civil society and social movements, faith communities, human rights organisations and community organisations. National media will be in attendance and questions will include climate change policy, just energy transition, health issues including air quality, water, and food security.
Members of the public are welcome to attend. Kindly RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org before 20 April 2019.