Rise for Climate


On September 8, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide gathered and displayed the growing strength and diversity of the climate action movement.

Leading up to this global day of action, African Climate Reality Leaders travelled to high schools all around Gauteng, and spread the climate action message to over 1350 students using Al Gore’s ‘Truth in 10‘ climate change presentation.

This was in preparation for the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development‘s Climate Change Schools Awareness Programme that took place during and following Rise for Climate, which partnered with African Climate Reality Project, Climate Reality Leader Sunny the Solar Guy’s Enerlogy, JoJo Tanks, Sci-bono Discovery Centre, Water Wise, South African Agency for Science and Technology (SAASTA) and Book Ibhoni.

Taking what they had learnt from our Climate Reality Leaders the previous week, the students prepared creative posters which they presented, and went head to head as they debated various climate change issues, which resulted in some unique and innovative climate solution ideas.

The partner organisations each gave presentations and the interactive exhibitions kept the students endlessly entertained and engaged, ranging from Sunny’s solar solutions, to Sci-bono’s exciting science experiments and puzzles. JoJo Tanks and Water Wise showcased the value of water as a scarce resource in South Africa, and SAASTA showed the students how satellite technology can be used to predict climate change impacts.

As it’s also Arbor Month, African Climate Reality Project – with the support of our host organisation, Food & Trees for Africa – donated trees to each of the schools, and took the students through the steps of how to plant a tree.

Africa’s youth has everything to gain from taking climate action, and everything to lose from not. That’s why this week has been all about encouraging the students to think outside of the box, and giving them the momentum they need to realise the large role they have to play in finding innovative climate solutions; with the aim of inspiring the students to consider careers geared towards solving the climate crisis.