Locals off to climate talk

2015-12-01 06:00

Two members of the project 90 by 2030 in Kenilworth are attending the international climate conference in Paris to discuss how to save the planet.

The next round of global climate negotiations, COP21, began in Paris yesterday and as chair of the G77+China group of developing countries, South Africa has a critical role to play.

The local project’s main purpose is to challenge South Africans to change their lifestyles to reduce their carbon footprints.

With some parts of the country facing severe water shortages and maize production falling to its lowest level in eight years, water shortages and food price rises threaten to hit South Africans hard and affect food exports to neighbouring countries, the NPO says in a statement.

Globally governments, including South Africa’s, must act now to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by stopping fossil fuel burning and changing agricultural methods. Otherwise we could see 4 to 6 degree Celsius increases in temperature in some parts of South Africa in the next 50 years, the organisation states.

Nasa data shows that October was the hottest month ever on record.

A group of South African environmental campaign groups, faith-based organisations and community campaigners have set out non-negotiable “climate red lines” providing the delegation with its mandate for COP21 and calling for a greater ambition to cut emissions.

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