Call for Civil Resistance against ANC Government’s Blanket of Secrecy around Climate Science

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2 November 2018
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Last week over 50 organisations, including African Climate Reality Project, sent this open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, demanding an emergency sitting of Parliament to deliberate on the recently issued UN report on 1.5°C increase in planetary temperature and its implications for South African climate change policy.

Below is a continuation of this call, provided in a press release by South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and Co-operative and Policy Alternative Centre:

Up to now we have not received a formal response from the Presidency nor the Speaker and Secretary of Parliament. We would like to re-iterate our demand to the President, the Speaker and Secretary of Parliament as this is a matter of life and death. The prospect of the extinction of the human race and other life forms cannot be treated as ‘business as usual’. The present Climate Bill is not going to be a solution for South Africa, especially if the government plays host to coal fired power stations for countries, like China.

Globally, governments are taking action on climate change. The Spanish Government has just taken decisive action to stop coal mining and has agreed to invest in mining communities as part of the transition. The German government has also set up a commission with unions and mining affected communities to reach consensus on ending the use of coal and devising transition strategies for coal mining communities. The New Zealand government has banned off-shore drilling for oil and gas. South Africa needs to learn from this and do the same. Parliament needs to have the debate informed by these experiences to drastically cut our emissions and stop the extraction of fossil fuels.

We are also aware of the emergence of a campaign in the United Kingdom called the ‘extinction rebellion’ involving academics, workers and ordinary citizens willing to engage in mass civil disobedience to stop our extinction. We are inspired by this and will also be moving in the direction of disciplined mass civil resistance including going to jail, if necessary, until serious action is taken to ensure systemic change to address the climate crisis.
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From convening people’s parliament in your community to participating in a Twitter referendum, find out how you can add you voice to this call by downloading the full press release:
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