Following this, the secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact, Zama Khuzwayo, introduced eThekwini’s climate change processes and policies. She emphasised the importance of discussing Climate Change concepts in a target specific manner depending on the type of audience that is being addressed. Khuzwayo highlighted the need to discuss Climate Change in non-scientific language when engaging with various groups such as counsellors in order for them to gain a full understanding of the concept.
Lungi Ndlovu discussed the uMngeni Resilience Project, which aims to increase the resilience to Climate Change of vulnerable and affected communities. This is achieved through the project’s four components of early warning systems, climate-proof settlements, climate-resilient agriculture, and capacity building and shared learning. The uMngeni Resilience Project takes place across the municipalities of Msunduzi, Richmond and eThekwini.
Officials benefitted greatly from the educational aspect of the various presentations. “Some of the officials had not been exposed to this kind of information previously, and it opened their minds to simple things they could do, not even just in a business capacity, but simple things they could do to reduce their carbon footprint in a personal capacity, and it could really assist them in becoming climate resilient” says Kerina Singh.