Cli­mate change is here

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

OUR im­me­di­ate neigh­bours like Le­sotho, Mozam­bique, Zim­babwe, Swazi­land and Namibia are al­ready feel­ing the heat brought on by cli­mate change and the con­tin­ued drought which has re­sulted in many failed crops.

Our neigh­bours have de­clared na­tional emer­gen­cies and if no so­lu­tion is found, 50 mil­lion peo­ple in Africa could face star­va­tion.

We had our fair share of failed crops last year, due to the dev­as­tat­ing drought that rav­aged this coun­try, forc­ing many farm­ers out of busi­ness.

Per­haps it is time we took these warn­ing sig­nals se­ri­ously and changed our habits to help curb cli­mate change.

Start by im­ple­ment­ing small steps like re­duc­ing our en­ergy us­age and us­ing water spar­ingly.

While cy­cling to work puts many off due to the dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with­Joburg’s busy roads, there is pub­lic trans­port with up­graded bus routes in most Joburg neigh­bour­hoods.

Let’s all do our part to save our planet.

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