Welcome to Just Us and the Climate – a podcast by South Africa’s Climate Justice Coalition.
Join us as we bring climate change back down to earth and show how it’s not only a crisis, but an opportunity to build a better, more just world.
#010 Suffocated by the air we breathe: A Tale of Two Pandemics
Guests in this episode:
James Irlam (PHASA)
Thandile Chinyavanhu (Greenpeace Africa)
Thomas Mnguni (groundWork)
With three exciting and considered guests and hosted by SECTION27, this episode is in conversation about the impact of climate change on health, honing in on the consequences of poor quality air on population morbidity and mortality. The association between the quality of an individual’s environment and their health is a well-documented concern articulated by experts on climate change and advocates for climate justice.
Research extensively points to air pollution as a health hazard. Over time, as air quality standards have dropped due to uncontrolled pollution and harmful environmental practices, the morbidity rate of populations living in unclean environments has worsened.
This episode offers a robust and dynamic conversation on the case of air pollution in South Africa.
#009 Transforming Africa's Biggest Polluter | A Green New Eskom
With Mandy Rambharos (Eskom | Head of the Just Energy Transition Office)
In this episode Mandy Rambharos, head of Eskom's Just Energy Transition office, speaks to Dr Alex Lenferna, the secretary of the Climate Justice Coalition and campaigner with 350Africa.org.
The episode focuses on Eskom, the biggest polluter on the African continent, and how it plans to enact a just energy transition away from polluting coal towards a renewable energy future. It discusses some of the positives of Eskom's plans and the opportunities it creates, such as Eskom's plans to secure international climate finance to accelerate its transition to renewable energy.
The episode also talks about the challenges Eskom faces and what obstacles to change exist. We also discuss the Climate Justice Coalition's campaign for a Green New Eskom and some of the places where it's vision for transforming Eskom differs from those put forward by Eskom itself.
#08 Struggles for the climate | Climate Policy in a Developmental State
Brenda Martin (Director: Careers Service at University of Cape Town)
Just transitions have featured regularly in national-level conversations in South Africa around its energy transition plans and climate change policies and commitments. In this episode, with climate policy expert Brenda Martin we unpack “Climate Policy in a Developmental State” and we explore where we are, where we need to be and how we shall get there?
#07 Environmental Conflict: Cause and Effect
What happens when conflict arises from depleting natural resources?
Thando Lukuko (Mansa advisory | Director)
Rev. Oscar Siwali (SADRA | Director)
This episode looks at the impacts of climate change policy decisions for frontline communities across southern Africa. We explore what climate science predicts for the region and what it means for the populations living in those areas. Specifically, the show focuses on the intersectionality between depleting natural resources (water, food insecurity etc.), livelihoods and the conflicts which may arise as a result.
We provide suggestions on how to mediate those conflicts and a means to get support should the need arise.
#06 Women on the frontlines
Exploring gender and climate justice
Alex Lenferna (350Africa.org)
Mpai Nkali (Women Affected by Mining United in Action)
Francina Nkosi (Waterberg Women's Advocacy Organisation)
Join us as we explore climate, environmental and gender justice for women on the frontlines of extractive and polluting industries. Francina shares her experiences and insights living next to one of the world's biggest coal power stations in Lephalale, Limpopo.
Mpai tells us about what it's like living with the toxic legacies left behind by mines in Welkom in the Free State. Together we explore questions like, what is a just transition, why do communities need free prior informed consent, and much more.
#05 They don't really care about us
Climate Justice now! - Young climate justice activists want schools to teach about climate change
Boitumelo Masipa (Section27)
Raeesah Noor Mahomed (Parktown Girls)
Awande Duma (SA YCCC )
Liyema Saliwa (Equal Education | Equaliser)
In this episode, we explore the intersection between the right to basic education and climate. Speaking with three young climate justice activists, we hear about how the school curriculum doesn't pay enough attention to issues around climate change or how climate change can be understood in the context of other topics and subjects. Young climate justice activists are ultimately frustrated that they seem to care about climate justice more than those in charge of climate and environmental affairs. Tune in to hear what the message these brilliant young activists have for governments and leaders.