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A South Africa based podcast bringing you interesting left perspectives with a Global South focus and global reach.

    Why We Must Transform Eskom!

    Why We Must Transform Eskom!

    Is there a way to save Eskom, manage the climate crisis, protect jobs, and keep electricity a public service all at the same time? For a while now, an international coalition of trade unionists, researchers, and environmental groups under the banner of the Eskom Research Reference Group has been working on a research document that answers “Yes!” to all of the above.

    In anticipation of this document’s launch on the 23rd of July, Keamogetswe  Seipato of the AIDC joined Sandra van Niekerk of the Reference Group for a conversation around some of the key elements of this research. 



    #EskomTransformed: Achieving a Just Energy Transition for South Africa.

    • 11 min
    How to Stop Climate Change (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 6)

    How to Stop Climate Change (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 6)

    This episode outlines the various ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of preventing a 1.5°C increase.

    Timestamps:

    1:27 - The overall solution

    2:05 - What is a climate model?

    3:18 - 1.5 to stay alive

    4:23 - How to reduce emissions

    6:20 - Nature as a solution

    7:20 - Carbon sequestration

    9:55 - Going net-zero

    10:26 - Not just solutions to climate change

    12:02 - The puzzle of climate change

    Key questions:


    What needs to happen to stop climate catastrophe?

    How does nature help us in stopping climate change?

    What are the alternatives to releasing emissions, why are they appealing?


    Additional materials:

    IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC (Summary) https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2019/05/SR15_SPM_version_report_LR.pdf

    Climate solutions

    https://drawdown.org/solutions

    One million climate jobs

    http://aidc.org.za/download/climate-change/OMCJ-booklet-AIDC-electronic-version.pdf

    Miguel Altieri: On agroecology, and why it is the solution to hunger and food security https://www.tni.org/en/article/miguel-altieri-on-agroecology-and-why-it-is-the-solution-to-hunger-and-food-security

    Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.

    • 13 min
    Climate Justice (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 5)

    Climate Justice (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 5)

    The episode unpacks the two major components of climate injustice. Firstly, the uneven contribution of emissions by countries, individuals, and corporations, both presently and historically. Secondly, the uneven effects of the climate impacts, on both developing nations/global south and on the poor and working-class.

    Timestamps:

    1:59 - What do we mean by justice?

    3:12 - The core components of climate injustice

    3:38 - Country contributions to climate change

    4:54 - South Africa’s role

    6:01 - Historical emissions

    8:19 - Class contribution to emissions

    10:10 – Uneven impacts of climate change

    10:17 – Example of cyclones and hurricanes

    Key questions:


    Why is climate change an issue of justice?

    Who is responsible for climate change?

    Who and how will climate change affect differently?


    Additional materials:

    Climate justice - in depth

    http://www.foeeurope.org/climate-justice-in-depth

    The unfair burden of climate change

    https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/unfair-burden-climate-change

    Who has contributed most to global CO2 emissions?

    https://ourworldindata.org/contributed-most-global-co2

    World's richest 10% produce half of global carbon emissions, says Oxfam

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/02/worlds-richest-10-produce-half-of-global-carbon-emissions-says-oxfam

    Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

    https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change

    Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.

    • 14 min
    Part 2 of the Impacts of Climate Change (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 4)

    Part 2 of the Impacts of Climate Change (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 4)

    The second episode on the impacts of climate change that focuses on the melting of ice as well as storms. Some other impacts are touched upon.

    Timestamps:

    1:11 - Recap

    2:28 - Why the melting ice matters

    4:02 - How sea-level rise happens

    5:25 - Why sea-level rise matters

    7:24 - Melting of sea-ice

    8:53 - Storms

    9:19 - Cyclone Idai

    10:52 – Other impacts

    Key questions:


    What are the impacts of the ice melting in the arctic?

    What’s the difference between the melting of sea-ice and ice on land?

    How does climate change affect storms?

    What are some other impacts of climate change?


    Additional materials:

    Sea-level rise explained

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/

    Cold and calculating: what the two different types of ice do to sea levels

    https://theconversation.com/cold-and-calculating-what-the-two-different-types-of-ice-do-to-sea-levels-59996

    2019 Cyclone Idai: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

    https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/2019-cyclone-idai-facts

    Hurricanes and Climate Change

    https://www.c2es.org/content/hurricanes-and-climate-change/

    Climate Change Will Expose Half of World’s Population to Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes By 2050

    https://e360.yale.edu/digest/climate-change-will-expose-half-of-worlds-population-to-disease-spreading-mosquitoes-by-2050

    Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.

    • 12 min
    Part 1 of the Impacts of Climate Change (Systems Change Not Climate Change Ep 3)

    Part 1 of the Impacts of Climate Change (Systems Change Not Climate Change Ep 3)

    The first episode on the impacts of climate change that introduces the feedback loop process and explains how climate change creates droughts and wildfires.

    Timestamps

    1:00 – Recap

    1:57 – Why a 1°C increase matters

    2:42 – Why we say climate change

    4:44 - Droughts

    5:54 – Feedback loops

    6:26 – Droughts as a feedback loop

    7:32 – The Cape Town drought

    8:38 - Wildfires

    10:17 – Arctic wildfires

    11:06 – Arctic wildfires as a feedback loop

    Questions


    Does a 1°C increase matter?
    Why do we usually call it climate change instead of global warming?
    How do impacts of climate change interact with one another, what is this process called?

    Links

    Temperatures: Warming projections

    https://climateactiontracker.org/global/temperatures/

    Arctic fire fills the skies with soot. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145380/arctic-fires-fill-the-skies-with-soot

    How feedback loops are making the climate crisis worse. https://climaterealityproject.org/blog/how-feedback-loops-are-making-climate-crisis-worse

    Drought and climate change.

    https://www.c2es.org/content/drought-and-climate-change/

    Harsh winters under climate change

    https://climatekids.nasa.gov/harsh-winter/

    Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.

    • 13 min
    Emissions - Systems Change Not Climate Change (Ep2)

    Emissions - Systems Change Not Climate Change (Ep2)

    The episode gives an overview of emissions: what they are, the important ones with regards to climate change, and where they come from.

    Additional materials:

    Emissions by sector with interactive infographics. https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/02/greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-country-sector

    The carbon cycle

    https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/CarbonCycle

    What is methane? https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a28858699/what-is-methane/

    The F-gases

    https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas_en

    Key questions:

    · What are emissions?

    · Which gases the primary emissions causing climate change?

    · Where do each of these gases come from?

    Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.

    • 12 min

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