DRAFT NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE BILL OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The Department of Environmental Affairs has published the draft National Climate Change Bill for public comment.
The bill does acknowledge that anthropogenic climate change poses an “urgent threat to human societies and the environment”, and requires an effective, progressive, and coordinated response.
The purpose of the bill is to guarantee effective climate change solutions, and allow for the just transition to a low-carbon and sustainable South Africa.
Main objectives of the proposed Climate Change Bill:
provide for the coordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impacts by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of cooperative governance;
provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts by enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response;
make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.
Commenting on the draft National Climate Change Bill is the first step of an important avenue of public participation in legislative processes, and the great thing is that each comment really does count. Every comment will be acknowledged individually by the designated government representative.
This bill is open for public comment until 8 August 2018.
You can also email us to discuss any comments and questions you have about the bill and what it means for the future of South Africa’s environment – contact African Climate Reality Project’s Communications Coordinator.