‘Climate revolution’: The African Climate Alliance protest outside Parliament

‘Climate revolution’: The African Climate Alliance protest outside Parliament

Originally published by GroundUp/Vincent Lali

The African Climate Alliance protested outside Parliament on Friday, calling on the government to eliminate “all fossil fuel electricity production by 2035 at the very latest”.

A placard read:

“We demand a climate revolution”.

DEMANDS THE AFRICAN CLIMATE ALLIANCE HAVE FOR GOVERNMENT

Sarah Robyn-Ferrell of the African Climate Alliance said the protest was part of an international protest by youth under the theme People, Not Profit.

“We are facing a crisis both in terms of inequality and climate. And those who are marginalised will face the worst effects of it,” she said.

In a memo, the alliance calls on the government to stop public and private capital investment in fossil fuel-intensive industry and

“fully commit to a moratorium on all new fossil fuel explorations”.

AFRICAN CLIMATE ALLIANCE CALLS OUT MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY

The memo demands that government embrace a rapid and sustained shift to the “full green re-industrialisation” of the economy.

“The concerted attempts by the present Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and NERSA to procure a further 1500MW of new coal-fired generation capacity is completely unacceptable,” says the African Climate Alliance.

African Climate Alliance

AFRICAN CLIMATE ALLIANCE WANTS CLIMATE CRISIS TAUGHT AT SCHOOLS

The alliance also calls for Parliament to form a Joint Standing Committee on the Climate and Ecological Crisis, and for the Department of Basic Education to “include a comprehensive module with a specific focus on the Climate and Ecological Crisis in each year of learning between Grades 1-12”.

The current national curriculum, it says, fails “to adequately prepare our youth for the world they are set to inherit”.

Besides implementing the Climate Change Bill, Parliament must “debate the adoption of the Climate Justice Charter”.

Mpumi Mhlalisi, of Western Cape Water Caucus, said:

“Youths from diverse backgrounds are saying that the government must stop paying lip-service to addressing climate change.”

Mpumi Mhlalisi

Charles Ford, Regional Head in the Presidency, received the memo.

“I will make sure that the President receives the memorandum and replies,” he said.

Charles Ford

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