‘Although South Africa has outlined ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, time is indeed running out to secure our children’s future. Climate Change is one of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species on this planet, and both urgent and meaningful action is required to combat it,â€ so says Kevin James of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa, on behalf of the Climate Change Leadership Awards (CCLA).
To counter the effects of Climate Change, stakeholder engagement is a priority and businesses, communities, individuals and schools who are making inroads to address it, should be recognised and rewarded.
Now in its second year, the CCLA does just that.
Nominations for the 2011 CCLA are now open and businesses, communities, schools, youth groups and individuals who are implementing activities related to combating Climate Change are encouraged to enter before February 2011.
Entries will be judged across the following categories:
- Corporate: Including Retail, Corporate Services, Agriculture, SME, Diversified Industrial and Minerals, Energy and Mining
- The Climate Hero Award:
- Communities or individuals, sponsored by The South African Post Office (Post Office)
- Schools/Youth Groups: Sponsored by Pick n Pay
According to Motshoanetsi Lefoka, CEO of The South African Post Office, one of the key sponsors of the CCLA, “Post Office is aware of the impact business activities can have on the environment and is investing in technology that reduces its impact, including energy saving and recycling. We encourage others to do the same and as such, have pledged prizes to the value of R100 000 to communities or individuals who are taking the lead in the fight against Climate Change.â€
Bronwen Rohland, Director Sustainable Development for Pick n Pay, sponsors of the Schools/Youth Groups category says, ‘We believe that more should be done to encourage our youth to take head of the impending crisis that threatens our planet’s existence. The effects of Climate Change will be their unfortunate inheritance and now’s the time to put words into action.â€