28 June 2022 – The recent floods and persistent droughts in different parts of the county have made it abundantly clear; the climate crisis is not a future event. It is with us today and is set to be worse should we not act with urgency and determination. SECTION27, therefore, welcomed the opportunity to make submissions on the Climate Change Bill.
The submissions focus on the human rights impact of the climate crisis and the State’s corresponding constitutional obligations. Our submissions are widely supported, and we have received endorsements from over 15 organisations across various sectors in civil society.
As we have seen, extreme weather events have increased in frequency. They have resulted in the loss of life, infrastructure damage, increased water and food insecurity risk and exacerbated existing barriers to accessing frontline services, such as basic education and healthcare services. Climate change impacts are severely felt in sub-Saharan Africa. Still the region has contributed the least to the climate crisis and whose citizenry has the least ability to adapt and withstand the impacts and damage of the changing climate.
It is our view that socio-economic rights will never fully be realised if we do not prepare and address the climate crisis. Our submissions make recommendations on the required governance measures, the inclusion of basic education as a critical sector, making climate change law gender-responsive, and financing climate action.
Read our full submissions below.