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Parliamentary Climate Advocacy

South Africa’s current energy system is dependent on burning fossil fuels. However, their extraction and use have grave consequences for the environment and society, such as air and water pollution; contributing to climate change through high greenhouse gas emissions; being detrimental to human health; not suitable for social ownership and other measures to address inequality; and is no longer the cheapest form of energy. South Africa needs to transition from its current fossil fuel dependency to a low-carbon economy in a way which is ecologically sustainable and secures the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities. Political will and informed decision-making are critical in making this just energy transition (JET) a reality.



The aim of this project is to immerse policymakers in a wilderness experience, with WFA hosting wilderness trails with legislators, stakeholders, community activists and thought leaders, to ignite the fire for conservation within each of the legislators and to facilitate constructive discussions and knowledge-sharing. This is supplemented by briefings, workshops and field visits to resource the legislators with the information and experience required to effect progressive legislative change regarding climate change and the JET.



South Africa’s Climate Change Bill was formally introduced to Parliament in February 2022 by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). In the first half of 2023, the Portfolio Committee on Environment hosted public hearings on the Bill, where WFA played a supportive role in hosting additional briefings and consultations for the Committee with environmental experts and relevant stakeholders at the request of the Chairperson. On 24th October 2023, the Climate Change Bill was passed by the National Assembly and has been transmitted to the NCOP for concurrence.

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