South Africa must never build another coal-fired power station. Next month, on September 20, we will take to the streets to demand this.
Across South Africa we will be joined by school children striking to prevent a future ruined by carbon emissions and a deepened climate crisis. “You’ll die of old age. We’ll die of climate change,” they will cry.
We will be joined around the world by millions more, demanding firm, ambitious plans to keep the world’s temperature within 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels. We want a clean, low-carbon South Africa, not this one that every sober person can see is dragging us to social ruin.
July 2019 was the world’s hottest month in recorded history. It melted ice sheets and seared Europe.
Close to home, major South African cities now exist at the brink of catastrophic drought. Meanwhile, tropical cyclones decimated Mozambique in March and April, forcing people from their homes. Today, UNICEF reports, tens of thousands of Mozambicans are living in resettlement camps, millions are battling to find food and thousands of children are suffering from severe malnutrition.
New York City will be at the centre of the September global strikes, where UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene the Climate Action Summit on September 23. Guterres is using it to encourage countries to raise their pledges under the 2015 Paris climate accord. Under the Paris deal, next year is the first time all countries are scheduled to submit new climate plans and boost their ambition.
Guterres has called on countries to commit to stop building coal-fired power plants from next year and commit to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, because we have hurtled into a global state of emergency.
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