REACTIVE: Greenpeace Calls for SA Action in the Lead Up to Climate Talks

Press release - May 29, 2011
Johannesburg – 29 May 2011 Greenpeace Africa today welcomed the commitment from the BASIC Ministerial meeting held in Durban over the weekend to ensure a balanced and ambitious outcome from COP 17 at the end of this year. This will be a crucial element in stopping catastrophic climate change, and the potentially devastating impacts on the African continent.

South Africa must now step up to the plate by showing international leadership, which must be matched with domestic actions that will both address climate change, and put an end to the country’s addiction to dirty energy.

According to Melita Steele, climate campaigner for Greenpeace Africa, “The costs of inaction in the negotiations will indeed be huge. With little over six months to go before the country hosts COP 17, there is little time left to ensure a substantive outcome from the meeting. This outcome would include a strong focus on finance, operationalising the Cancun Outcome and an agreement on the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Finance is a key consideration, so it is important that developed countries live up to their commitments to provide new and additional funding under the negotiations. At the same time, it is just as critical that the major emerging economies - including South Africa - take a leadership role this year”.