Cape Town - The City has encouraged all residents and businesses to join their climate action movement following their recently released Climate Change Strategy.
This is to adapt to the impacts of climate change, mitigate climate change, significantly reduce carbon emissions and harness opportunities of the green economy.
Energy and Climate Change Mayco member Phindile Maxiti said people were already experiencing the economic, social and environmental impacts of climate change and thus encouraged residents, communities and businesses to join the City’s climate change response and resilience campaign Let’s ACT For a Stronger Cape Town informed by their new strategy.
Maxiti said a few of their mitigation efforts to reduce carbon emissions included driving energy efficiency in municipal operations, moving towards net zero carbon buildings, procuring energy from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), reducing and diverting waste and building an efficient transport network.
Green Connection strategic lead Liz McDaid welcomed the City’s new climate change strategy and highlighted the work needed in greening the transport sector.
“Addressing the transport sector could bring significant gains and while electrification is one aspect, it seems there is a lukewarm approach to public transport. With 29% of the emissions due to the transport sector, we would like to see concrete steps to engage national departments to sort out the rail and bus network,” said McDaid.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Cape Town spokesperson Michael Wolf congratulated the City’s comprehensive strategy in the advent of the climate emergency the world was facing.
“Unfortunately, we have been waiting for almost a year for the City’s Climate Change Action Plan which, so the strategy states, ‘should be read alongside this strategy’. This highly anticipated document will be the ultimate proof if the City ‘walks the talk’,
“XR Cape Town believes the citizens of Cape Town must be informed about the true risks of climate change and how this will affect their lives. We need a large-scale information campaign. A strong signal would be to declare a climate emergency, following the lead of more than 2 000 cities around the world,” said Wolf.
Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said: “Taking a proactive approach to climate change will also assist Cape Town’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as the green economy offers new opportunities to enterprises and jobseekers.”