Public comments submitted on the draft National Climate Change Bill

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The Department of Environmental Affairs published the draft National Climate Change Bill in June 2018, and the period for public comment submissions closed on 8 August 2018.

We welcome the draft Climate Change Bill. Legislation on climate change is urgently needed for South Africa to domesticate its international obligations under the Paris Agreement. This is a critical and urgent step to provide the country with the legal basis for ambitious and immediate action to address climate change. As such, the robustness and ambition of this legislation is essential.

The draft Bill does acknowledge that anthropogenic climate change poses an “urgent threat to human societies and the environment”, and requires an effective, progressive, and coordinated response.

The purpose of the Bill is to guarantee effective climate change solutions, and allow for the just transition to a low-carbon and sustainable South Africa.

Main objectives of the proposed Climate Change Bill:

  • provide for the coordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impacts by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of cooperative governance;
  • provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts by enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response;
  • make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

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Commenting on the draft National Climate Change Bill was the first step of an important avenue of public participation in legislative processes, and the great thing is that every comment really does count.  Each submission will be acknowledged individually by the designated government representative.
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African Climate Reality Project

Climate_Change_Bill_comments.docx

South African Institute of International Affairs Youth Policy Committee, South African Youth Climate Change Coalition, the Tonys Houz Children’s Foundation, 350.org, and World Merit South Africa

Draft Climate Change Bill 2018_Youth Statement.pdf

Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum

Draft_Climate_Change_Bill_2018_WEJF_comments.docx

Lephalale Community Justice Movement

Draft Climate Change Bill 2018_LCJM_comments.pdf

Johannesburg Urban Forest Alliance

JUFA Comments on Climate Change Bill 2018.pdf

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The next opportunity for further public participation will be in the last week of August.  The Department of Environmental Affairs will be holding Stakeholder Bilateral Meetings to further engage citizens on the draft Climate Change Bill.

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If you would like to speak to us about your thoughts on the draft Climate Change Bill or public participation in South Africa’s legislative sector, get in touch!
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