This platform has been created to amplify the voices of young African journalists and activists around climate justice issues

it's Time to act.

Rapid global heating, caused by generalised and unrelenting anthropogenic emissions of dangerous Greenhouse is causing unprecedented climate-related shocks in Africa and around the world. Some of these shocks include an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, multi-year droughts, crop failures, a rising number of opportunistic diseases and pandemics.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other experts agree that we must limit anthropogenic global warming below 1.5 degrees to protect the wellbeing of present and future generations. To achieve this objective, we must:

  • Increase advocacy for a just transition to green energy, especially in countries like South Africa where coal is still the main source of power.
  • Call on those who bear the greatest responsibility for pollution and ecocide to pay for adaptation and mitigation activities (oil, gas) companies, etc.
  • Protect endangered marine species and habitats (coral reefs, sandy shores, mangroves, swamps and wetlands, etc.) from oil spills, overfishing, etc.
  • Advocate for national climate change bills and other related legislation for clean air, clean energy, etc.
  • Make the case against hyperconsumerism, mallification, supermarketisation and relentless paving of green spaces.
  • Encourage better recycling of our waste (water, food, electronics, etc.).
  • Promote critical progressive approaches developed by engaged, democratic socialist thinkers and activists.

It will take a collective effort by all stakeholders, public and private, to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees. It is a battle we cannot lose. We hope that the stories will inspire you to get involved or double your efforts for a cleaner environment.

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