Open letter brings together more than 47 NGOs, social enterprises and community coalition partners in the struggle against the climate crisis.
Johannesburg, (21 July 2015) – The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) has launched an open letter bringing together 47 voices from across the country including Greenpeace Africa, Promethium Carbon, People’s Weather, Project 90 by 2030, BirdLife South Africa, Change Agent Collective, Dimension Data, Anglican Church of Southern Africa Environmental Network (ACSAEN), SA Wind Energy Association and more, calling for real climate action at the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris this December.
As world leaders prepare for the critical meetings in December, the ACRP’s Road to Paris campaign aims to develop public understanding and national endorsement for the South African government submission of a pledge that will begin to address the climate crisis. This African effort is part of a larger Road to Paris campaign by The Climate Reality Project working in eight key countries (including South Africa) around the world to advance climate solutions. The proposed pledge calls for three crucial actions:
South African climate negotiators to present South Africa’s final stated target for a low carbon future to the United Nations at COP21 Signatories to recommit to the constitutional pledge made by President Zuma in Copenhagen to reduce emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025.
Government, businesses and communities to deploy 40% renewable energy by 2030 to reduce carbon emissions and help address current energy and water crises.
More climate change awareness and action.
“The UN climate negotiations in December mark a crucial opportunity for the international community to come to a bold, universal agreement to make significant emissions reductions commitments, including a long term goal for zero net carbon emissions,” said former United States Vice President Al Gore, chairman of Climate Reality. “But the Road to Paris will not end at COP21, and we cannot afford to gamble with the future of our planet. Solutions to the climate crisis are within reach, but in order to capture them, we must take urgent action today across every level of society. Now is the time for people all over the world to lend their voices to the cause and urge their leaders to take this historic first step.”
A full list of signatories to the letter includes:
ACSAEN Greyton Transition Town
African Youth Union Grow A Tree
Alliance Earth Hotelstuff/Greenstuff
Art South Africa Life in Balance
Bench Marks Foundation Life Rejuvenation Africa
BirdLife South Africa Mezimbite Forest Centre
carbonTRACK® People’s Weather
Change Agent Collective Project 90 by 2030
Climate Neutral Group South Africa Promethium Carbon
Dimension Data Raintree Solutions
Earth Patrol Sant Antonio Coconut School
Eco Atlas SAPVIA
EcoLogic Awards SCOPE
Exergy Enviro Group (Pty) Ltd Solid Green Consulting
Fossil Free SA Tariffic
Future Africa Report The Alchemist PR
Generation Earth The Green Times
Geo Group Think Community Initiatives
Giant Flag think3dots
Green Ovation TRADEMARK
Greenpeace Africa Urban Eco Life
Greenpop Water Financial
South Africa has 35 million voices. If we work together we can achieve this ambitious goal.
To add your voice to the conversation visit www.climatereality.co.za for more information on the open letter or to sign the Live Earth petition uniting a billion voices to deliver a single message: Take Climate Action Now!
About The Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leaders, we are spreading climate awareness and using cultural momentum to solve the climate crisis. Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.
About The African Climate Reality Project
Under the leadership of Food & Trees for Africa, the African Climate Reality Project works with and supports a network of African climate leaders, governments, NGOs and scientists across the continent to mobilize communities across Africa to find solutions to climate change. Visit www.climatereality.co.za and follow us on Twitter @AfricaCRP and African Climate Reality Project on Facebook.