At no other time has our generation been as challenged to consider the importance of the reliable supply of food, water and electricity. In order to withstand the next global crisis and blunt the effects of future pandemics, we need to consider what can be done to make our country more self-sufficient and less reliant on others, in the face of rapid climate change. South Africa is largely an arid country.
The effects of extreme weather patterns have been visible for all of us to see in recent years. Long spells of drought have raised the question of how to mobilise business to respond to the risks of climate change. Apart from a water shortage, we’re also sitting with an unprecedented energy issue. It is vital that we put the right kind of energy mix in place. Appropriate climate change policies and strategies are also essential to mitigate against the effects of future pandemics.
The coronavirus has highlighted the need to create a fairer, more equal and greener future. Clearly, we are currently not doing enough. What are our options for avoiding an irreversible implosion? How do we move towards a more sustainable way of living?
Engineer, Ramtsilo Manufacturing and Construction
Chairman, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA)
Dr Inga Jacobs-Mata
Country Representative, International Water Management Institute, Southern Africa
Vice President: Climate Change, Sasol South Africa
Executive Director, Climate Action Network International (CAN-I)