Greenpeace calls for president to declare a climate emergency

Greenpeace Africa wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a climate emergency in the wake of last month's devastating flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. Climate and Energy Campaigner Thandile Chinyavanu, says eThekwini residents have not even had the opportunity to rebuild what was lost, and were then hit by more heavy downpours. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Greenpeace Africa says the government is moving slowly in the fight against climate change.

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It wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a climate emergency, in the wake of the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

Greenpeace says this will help unlock the resources to implement contingency plans to deal with extreme weather events.

Greenpeace Africa's Thandile Chinyavanhu said, "government has some sort of political will but is lacking... Their commitment to businesses might be inhabiting that..."

"We have such a government that is inhabiting the uptake of renewable energy and are committed to fossil fuels which are entangled with the issue of air quality and climate change exacerbating the health issues that South Africa is faced with."


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