You Cannot Have Jobs on a Dead Planet

climate change in south africa

This month, South Africa’s youth infotainment show, Politically Aweh, in partnership with Action 24 – Active Citizens for Responsive Legislatures, launched a video series on the climate crisis in Mzansi. With the recent femicides that shook the nation to xenophobic attacks and an unemployment rate of 29%, it’s understandably challenging for young South Africans to even think about climate change. However, as Goldman Environmental prize winner, activist and HBF partner Makoma Lekalakala points out in the first video “You cannot have jobs on a dead planet.” Politically Aweh’s three climate change episodes explore how bad the crisis is in South Africa, whether political parties and government are doing enough, who the main carbon criminals are, and what the youth is doing to hold these criminals to account. The short explainer videos will be published to the platform’s social media channels and to the Daily Maverick website on Thursdays in September.