Climate change is accelerating rapidly, and will have serious impacts on almost every aspect of our lives, as the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates.
We need to contribute to the global effort to limit climate change by cutting our carbon dioxide and other emissions. South Africa is in the top 20 emitters of CO2 in the world and the highest CO2 emitter on the African continent. South Africa has already committed itself to contribute to global efforts to reduce emissions as rapidly as possible, as set out in the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution.
The PCC has made recommendations about the updated NDC and the emissions trajectory South Africa should pursue.
The Presidential Climate Commission aims to build a social compact around a Just Climate Transition. In building a low carbon, climate resilient economy and society, we need to ensure decent work for all, social inclusion, and the eradication of poverty. We need to protect those most vulnerable to climate change, including women, children, people with disabilities, the poor and the unemployed, and protect workers' jobs and livelihoods.
The PCC facilitates dialogue between social partners on these issues, in particular the type of society we want to achieve, and detailed pathways for how to get there.
Read more about our work to develop a Just Transition Framework.
Participate in our upcoming discussions around a Just Transition. Read the Commission’s new paper, prepared by TIPS, on key issues that will inform the development of South Africa’s just transition framework, drawing on international and domestic experience.
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DIALOGUES ON A JUST CLIMATE TRANSITION
The latest IPCC report indicates that man-made climate change is accelerating rapidly, and every country needs to take drastic steps to cut carbon emissions and be ready for dramatic changes in weather patterns, rainfall and agriculture. South Africa is no exception, but along with other developing countries, we have to take action at the same time as addressing widespread poverty, inequality and unemployment. This means that as we lower emissions and build a low carbon economy, we must protect workers' jobs and livelihoods, and protect people most vulnerable to climate change such as the poor and unemployed. In short, the climate transition must be a just transition. The Presidential Climate Commission is developing a policy framework to guide the country in implementing a just transition, and as part of this will be hosting a series of public dialogues on key issues relating to climate justice. We invite you to participate in these dialogues, which will be conducted online in a webinar style format.