Internationally, young activists led by Greta Thunberg have brought the issue to the forefront of people’s minds, but here in South Africa, there are other priorities taking centre stage.
With the recent femicides that shook the nation to xenophobic attacks and an unemployment rate of 29%, it’s understandably challenging for young South Africans to even think about climate change. However, as Goldman Environmental prize winner and activist Makoma Lekalakala pointed out in an interview with host, Zipho Majova, “You cannot have jobs on a dead planet.”
What’s more, a report released last month by Afrobarometer found that only 41% of South Africans have heard of the term climate change, putting Mzansi in the bottom five African countries in terms of “awehness”.
Politically Aweh’s three climate change episodes explore how bad the crisis is in South Africa, whether political parties and government are doing enough, who the main carbon criminals are, and what the youth is doing to hold these criminals to account. The short explainer videos will be published to the platform’s social media channels and to the Daily Maverick website on Thursdays in September.
On the 26th of September, Politically Aweh is hosting a livestream broadcast from the University of Cape Town’s television studio, where youth activist Ayakha Melithafa (YouLead Warrior, member of the African Climate Alliance) and Tatenda Muponde, a candidate attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights, will engage in a panel discussion on climate action in South Africa. Reserve a seat at the live studio taping by contacting the team at email@example.com or on WhatsApp on 0816958854.
A 26 minute episode of highlights of the full month of climate coverage will also be broadcast via Cape Town TV (DStv channel 263) on Saturday September 28th at 6:30PM, and the videos will be shown during the Climate Diplomacy Week organised by the European Union delegation to South Africa on Wits campus from 30 September to 5 October 2019.
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