Climate Strike Cape Town

Friday 15th March 12 noon Meet under Louis Botha’s horse outside Parliament on Plein St. Speakers and performers from 1-3pm.

We, the youth of Cape Town, South Africa declare our intention to stand beside Greta Thunberg and our comrades across the world in the Global Strike for Climate on Friday 15th March, 2019.

The #FridaysforFuture strikes have been gaining momentum around the world and are now backed by teachers and academics.

We call upon our peers across the continent to rise up and join us to protest the negligence of our leaders to address the environmental crisis which is exacerbating poverty and inequality. Africa accounts for only 3.8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions but is far more vulnerable to climate change than the countries who caused it.

Global warming increases the risk of drought, floods and disease. The water shortages, hunger and health risks which result from extreme weather will impact Africa’s poor the most. If we continue to do nothing, the continent could soon be facing an unprecendented exodus of eco-refugees and resource wars.

Despite being only the 25th largest population in the world, South Africa is the 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide. It is time our government stopped making things worse by burning Eskom’s dirty coal and trumpeting Brulpadda gas finds.

Last year, the IPCC (the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) said that if we want to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 ˚C by 2100 and avert climate catastrophe, we have to cut carbon emissions 50% by 2030, and 100% by 2050. If every country polluted like South Africa, we’d hit 4˚C for the world, and 8 ˚C for Southern Africa, because our region warms faster.

We demand that SA political parties acknowledge the climate emergency and commit to:

  1. Making climate action the priority of the 2019 election
  2. A moratorium on new coal, gas and oil mining licences
  3. 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2030
  4. A Green New Deal* for South Africa
  5. Initiating climate adaptation education in schools



For interviews with Ruby Sampson, Yoli Mgogwana, Veshalin Naidoo and other student leaders, contact Sam Pearce or Sarah Farrell

CONVENERS: Africa Clockwise, Fossil Free SA, 350 Africa, Greenpeace CT, eMzantsi Carnival, Earthchild, Extinction Rebellion and Fridays For Future SA

* Green New Deal addressing climate justice and inequality encompassing ecological restoration, more biosphere reserves, human rights to clean air, water, food security, sustainable agriculture with soil carbon capture, sustainable housing and jobs, affordable low-carbon public transport, plus urgent establishment of environmental and disaster management JOCs at local, provincial and national level.

Links to learn more:

Watch Greta Thunberg‘s TED talk

Fridays For Future

Why are thousands of kids striking from school?

My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back

Young climate strikers can win their fight. We must all help

It’s no longer climate change, it’s environmental breakdown

IPCC Report

Lily Shaw at Speakers Corner in Cape Town before the SONA

Extinction Rebellion South Africa

THANKS to Black Lil for images