The Climate Change Awareness Campaign
“We owe it to the people of South Africa to partner with them to minimise the effects of climate change on their lives – to help them reclaim their futures, indeed, all our futures. I am inviting you to partner with us in this campaign, and in our stated determination to act against climate change and reclaim our futures.” Edna Molewa, Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs.
Climate Action Now, Save the Future
The Climate Change Awareness Campaign will be launched at COP17, but it is a long term campaign of social mobilisation for action on climate change. The campaign is informed by the principles, strategies and policies described in the National Climate Change Response White Paper. The objectives of the campaign are to:
• Build awareness of the causes and effects of climate change
• Mobilise South African businesses, households and stakeholders to take action on climate change.
• The campaign aims to unite government, business, labour, and civil society to save the future by taking action on climate change now.
Even Though we don’t all contribute equally to the problem, nor will we all be affected in the same way, everyone has a role to play in building a more climate resilient society.
Taking action: The Role of DEA
The Role of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
As the department with primary responsibility for the protection of the environment, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has led the process of drafting the National Climate Change Response White Paper and is providing technical and policy support to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in the climate change negotiations at COP17/CMP17.
The White Paper spells out government’s vision for an integrated response to climate change, involving all government departments and all sectors of society.
Section 10.5.4 commits DEA to:
Design, develop and roll-out a climate change awareness campaign that make all South Africans more aware of the challenge of climate change and the need for appropriate responses and choices at individual and community level. For more on the campaign, click on the campaign tab.
Accordingly, DEA has provided initial leadership and financing for the launch of the Climate Change Awareness Campaign at COP 17/CMP17. At the same time, DEA recognises that partnership with the private sector and civil society is critical to achieving maximum scope and reach for the campaign, and will actively engage with all stakeholders in the development of the campaign.