What we do to stop climate change

Climate change impacts are being felt across the globe as sea levels rise, tropical storms smash into coastlines, once-fertile lands battle with floods or drought and permafrost in the polar regions melts. Although Africa contributes relatively little to global warming, the region is suffering from its effects.

Over 180 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone could die as a result of climate change by the end of the century. Unpredictable rainfall patterns, lower crop yields, soaring food prices and dwindling natural resources are already causing increased human migration, tension and conflict.

South Africa - in a position to lead

South Africa can influence the battle against climate change, being an active member of the African Union, a vocal member of the G77, and one of the four developing countries poised to become a southern engine of global economic growth.

Its powerful combination of strong international leadership, progressive thinking and forward-looking policies are reflected in its calls for dramatic cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions and for mechanisms to help vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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The True Cost of Coal in South Africa

Catastrophic climate change and uncontrollable debt are burdens South Africans will have to bear for their government’s addiction to coal. On top of the escalating construction costs for Kusile, the monstrous coal-fired power plant, the country will have to pay up to R60.6 billion per year for the external costs associated with it.

Eskom should stop construction at Kusile and invest in renewable energy solutions, which guarantee thousands of new jobs, while there is still time. The true cost of building this power station is much more than South Africans can afford to pay.

The True Cost of Nuclear Energy in South Africa

The True Cost of Nuclear report outlines South Africa’s costly nuclear history, its failure to learn from past mistakes, and how the country could leave dirty and dangerous energy behind by investing in renewables. To achieve a nuclear-free South Africa, whilst still reducing the country’s dependency on coal, the electricity sector needs to be the pioneer of renewable energy utilisation. According to our Advanced Energy [R]evolution, 49% of electricity can be produced from renewable sources by 2030, increasing to 94% by 2050.

Did you know?

South Africa is the third-best solar location globally as it has one of the highest and most stable solar radiations in the world.

 

Powering The Future: Renewable Energy Rollout in South Africa

What should be in store for our future?

The ground-breaking report, Powering the Future: Renewable Energy Roll-out in South Africa, debunks important myths about renewable energy generation; offers solutions to the barriers to its deployment; and presents success stories from across the globe.

South Africa can and should champion a renewable energy future, one in which we see increased access to cheap electricity, thousands of new jobs and the democratisation of energy production. An Energy [R]evolution is possible if our leaders are willing to champion the cause.

The Advanced Energy [R]evolution

South Africa can create around 150 000 new jobs in the energy sector in the next 20 years, and at the same time safeguard against catastrophic climate change -- according to Greenpeace's 'Advanced Energy [R]evolution' report.

'The Advanced Energy [R]evolution' is a detailed and practical blueprint for cutting carbon emissions, replacing fossil fuels and nuclear power with renewable energy, and growing the economy. It is one of the most comprehensive plans to resolve the country’s need for energy security and a sustainable energy future, ever.

The report shows that renewable energy is mature, ready for implementation, and can be deployed on a large scale. It means that as renewable energy is scaled up, we can start phasing out coal, an energy source incompatible with the goal of avoiding runaway climate change.

The latest updates

 

Climate SOS

Video | December 8, 2010 at 13:04

About 100 Greenpeace volunteers get together to make a human banner. The message? Climate SOS.

Weigh-Less for Carbon Addicts

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | December 6, 2010

If you are fat, most people would say you should probably go on diet. Cut down on what’s causing your love handles and that bloated beer belly. The same thinking, it seems, applies to climate change: having gorged ourselves on the...

Why 2011 Could Change the World

Publication | December 6, 2010 at 9:25

This is it. All the basics about this round of climate talks in Cancun are covered in this 2-page pamphlet. Download it now!

When the Water Ends: Photographer Interview

Video | December 2, 2010 at 10:15

As world leaders meet in Cancun, Mexico to negotiate a global agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, Greenpeace Africa presents an exhibition visualising the impacts climate change already has in Africa. ‘When the Water Ends’...

Breaking tradition in Cancun

Blog entry by Jess Miller | November 30, 2010

The first day of the COP16 has come to close. There was lots of traffic, security, speeches, ceremonies, all following the normal first day traditions of a UN climate meeting. For the next two weeks though,  what I hope to see is...

Racing to save the climate

Feature story | October 21, 2010 at 16:00

Melita Steele, one of our climate and energy campaigners, recently visited China for the final round of negotiations before COP 16.

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