Capetonians are familiar with the impacts of climate change due to the drought and the recent Table Mountain fire.
In both instances, residents, businesses, organisations and government have worked together to make a difference.
In the face of increasing climatic shocks and stresses, this is the kind of collaborative action that we need to become a more resilient city.
Tackling climate change
In support of the growing global momentum to tackle climate change, Cape Town, along with cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to working to achieve carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050.
The City has put many programmes in place that support climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate resilience, and is working towards significantly developing these further.
Did you know: Over the last 10 years, the City’s Energy Efficiency in Municipal Operations Programme has saved over 231 GWH of electricity. This is enough electricity to power 35 clinics for 10 years and translates into 229 035 tons of carbon emissions.
Small actions can have big impacts
The good news is that there are many simple actions, some big and some small, that we can each take to make Cape Town carbon-neutral and climate-resilient by 2050. This could be through choosing more energy-efficient appliances, travelling responsibly, getting into the habit of recycling, planting water-wise trees and speaking out as a consumer if you are unhappy about the resource efficiency of products and companies.
The City has recently launched its new climate change response and resilience campaign, Let’s ACT. For a stronger Cape Town, which aims to enable and support residents, communities, businesses and organisations to take action for a stronger, healthier and more resilient Cape Town for all. Look out for more details as the campaign is rolled out over the coming months.
As the Earth Day theme for 2021 is ‘Restore our earth’, it reminds us that while climate change is a reality, there are opportunities that we can seize. The City is calling on you to join in creating a cleaner, more equitable, resource efficient, safer and more resilient city. Together, we can tackle climate change.