Cleaner Climate Campaign (c3)
While we know there are a lot of amazing individuals doing great work to help our planet, we need to push South African government to make a real difference. We are going to be calling to the government to play their part. Sign our petition here, or read on below to find out more:
South Africa’s proposed carbon tax is set to act as just another tax on South Africans while inadequately addressing issues of climate change – the very problem it was designed to address. This is because the revenue generated will not be earmarked to tackle issues of climate change, rather it will simply flow into government coffers. Because of this many claim that the tax is quite unlikely to result in any significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Given South Africa’s pivotal role as hosts and chair of COP 17 at the end of this year, as well as our leading role in Africa and the developing world, and our status as one of the highest emitters of carbon dioxide, we need a stronger measure to ensure a proper response to climate change.
In light of the above concerns, we respectfully demand that the South African government earmarks the funds garnered from the carbon tax to deal specifically with issues of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and in doing so enable South Africa’s transition towards a lower carbon economy and bolster the resilience of South African communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
If South Africa fails to take climate change seriously now, they could jeopardise global climate change negotiations, and allow the global response to climate change to fall into disarray.
Join SEACC SF in demanding a more meaningful South African response to climate change, so that they can lead the way towards a meaningful, fair, multilateral response to climate change.
(Previous less refined versions of this petition have collected hundreds of signatures so far)