The campaign targeted Grade 11 pupils aged 15-16, engaging them on climate change and sustainability and seeking to promote a positive understanding of these issues.
Several Climate Reality Leaders joined the ACRP team in facilitating the debates: Gillian Hamilton at Dinwiddie High School in Germiston; Teboho Mosehle at Randfontein Secondary School in Randfontein and Kliptown Secondary School in Soweto; Joseph Mugumbate at Reiger Park Technical School in Boksburg; and Noelle Garcin at Krugersdorp High School in Krugersdorp.
The pupils debated on 3 motions:
• Motion 1: Renewable energy vs nuclear energy: which energy source would be the best for South Africa’s sustainable development?
• Motion 2: Should developing countries use their fossil fuel resources to achieve their development objectives?
• Motion 3: In South Africa, close to 90,000 people are employed by the coal sector. Moving away from fossil fuels means that many people will lose their current jobs. Can we fight unemployment and climate change at the same time?
Some 42 pupils took up the challenge to debate in front of an audience of up to 250 of their peers. Each debate saw two teams of three to four learners oppose each other on one of the 3 motions. Each team had 5 min to present its argument to defend its proposition, 5 min to raise questions to the argument presented by the other team and 5 min to rebut the points of information raised and conclude its argument.