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.
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:
JOIN THE CLIMATE STRIKE CAPE TOWN WHATSAPP GROUP 083 409 5557
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.
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