In an initial OMCJ booklet in 2011 we argued that globally we are facing an environmental crisis and an economic crisis and that the creation of a million climate jobs was an opportunity to address both problems jointly. In the six years since there have been many developments – such as renewable energy being established as part of the electricity supply mix of South Africa and its rapid decline in cost; the development of environmentally friendly construction methods and the roll-out of the Rapid Bus Transit system in some municipalities. But it is not enough.
Today, the threat of accelerating climate change and the damage it is already doing to our ecosystems is ever more evident. Climate change exacerbates inequality and poverty by reducing access to food, water, energy and housing. We urgently need to make changes to our economic system and various forms of production before they destroys our life-support system.
AIDC is an NGO formed in 1996 in response to the new opportunities and challenges that the democratic transition brought for those seeking social justice. AIDC has played a leading role in various civil society responses to ongoing inequality, including the launch and building of the South African Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation campaign and the Right to Work Campaign. In 2011 AIDC was central to launching the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign, an alliance of South African labour, social movements and popular organisations to campaign for jobs as central to the national response to climate change.
This booklet presents well- researched solutions for South Africa to immediately begin a just transition away from the Minerals-Energy Complex initiated under colonialism, that continues to dominate our capitalist economy, to one in which all basic needs of communities are met equitably and affordably. We know that transition will not be easy and need to ensure that it is not an additional threat or burden for workers and the poor.
With the international negotiations of COP 23 imminent, it is clear that we cannot rely on governments and big business to make the changes that are necessary to avoid climate catastrophe, much less to ensure that there is a just transition. With Donald Trump pulling the USA out of the Paris Agreement, it is all the more evident that we need to revitalize initiatives like the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign.
This is an open invitation to a seminar where key findings in the booklet will be discussed. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org additional information by telephone: 082 446 6392.
6 November 2017
VENUE: Vulindlela Auditorium at the DBSA, Midrand
1258 Lever Rd, Headway Hill, – off the Oliefantsfontein Rd exit from M1/N1, west of M1
Registration and refreshments from 08h15; Light lunch with networking 12h00 – 13h00
The publication is available electronically on request and plenty of hardcopies will be available at the event.
Please would you share the attached invitation with any in Gauteng who may be interested?
082 446 6392