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'Planet over profit' - Cape Town and Joburg join global climate strike

20 September 2019 2:50 PM
Tags:
Climate change
Joburg
Cape Town
SA
activists
#ClimateStrike
Demonstrators have gathered in Johannesburg and Cape Town, marching in solidarity with young protesters across the world.

Climate change is not just an environmental issue, it's a social justice issue.

So says Greenpeace Africa and other advocacy groups who have joined the rest of the world in the global climate change strike.

Dozens of people and youth-led groups have gathered in Johannesburg and in Cape Town to bring attention to the climate change crisis.

The international protest comes ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit.

In Joburg, Greenpeace Africa's Bukelwa Nzimande says a range of people from all walks of life have joined the demostrations.

Nzimande explains that the aim of the march is to get the attention of global leaders and push them to take urgent action.

We want to focus on action. Our government has been complacent.

Bukelwa Nzimande, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa

In Cape Town, science writer and activist Leonie Joubert has joined the African Climate Alliance in the march to Parliament.

Joubert says half of the 2,000 demonstrators in the Mother City are school children who are demanding climate action.

It's mostly children who are expressing concern about the uncertainty of their future as the climate becomes increasingly unstable.

Leonie Joubert, Science writer and activist

This isn't just a pet project. It's a bunch of people who are a part of the biggest global mass action in history.

Leonie Joubert, Science writer and activist

Listen to Greenpeace Africa's Bukelwa Nzimande in Johannesburg:

Listen to Leonie Joubert live from Cape Town:

Image credit: Greenpeace Africa on Twitter


20 September 2019 2:50 PM
Tags:
Climate change
Joburg
Cape Town
SA
activists
#ClimateStrike