While the country’s politicians vie to secure support from citizens in the run-up to the National Elections on 8 May 2019, a coalition of environmental and social justice groups hosted a Public Political Party Manifesto Debate to draw voters’ attention to the growing threat of climate change impact to life on Earth. The debate – which was open to the public and took place on 25 April 2019 – also aimed to emphasise the need for South Africans to elect a government that recognises the enormity of these threats and prioritises the actions required to address them.
A public debate was necessary, since an analysis of the manifestos of more than ten parties revealed a critical failure to prioritise climate action, environmental justice, and a just transition to a low-carbon society. It is evident that parties do not grasp the clear and present dangers of a warming climate and the resulting impacts on our health, our food systems, air quality, water, and biodiversity.
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