Why we need Alliances for Climate Action
As climate change accelerates, South African businesses and cities need to take action to build resilience in the face of the direct impacts on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism, the insurance sector, water supply, human settlements, and human health – and the knock-on impacts on other sectors.
Roleplayers need to act decisively to reduce the emissions that cause climate change. This involves a shift in our energy systems from fossil fuels of oil, coal and gas to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and waves; plus reduced emissions from every sector, such as transport, industry, construction, agriculture, and land use. Globally, investors and trading partners are looking for low-carbon opportunities, goods and services, and South Africa’s economy risks being stranded in a carbon-intensive backwater. This while the areas for economic growth and greater returns on investment off a low base lie in the low-carbon economy waiting in the wings.
The South African Alliance is connecting the private sector,
cities, provinces, investors, and universities so that they can work with each
other and with our national government to collectively achieve a nett carbon
neutral economy by 2050.
The Alliances for Climate Action Declaration is a joint statement of support for the Paris Agreement, signed by governments, academia, and the private sector.
Together, these organisations will harness the power of cross-sectoral partnerships.
Alliances for Climate Action is a global network of domestic multi-sector coalitions committed to supporting the delivery and enhancement of their countries’ climate goals. Read more about the international partners and alliances.