Towards a Green Economy
The publication, part of WWF’s Green Growth South Africa project, explores what low-carbon development in South Africa should look like. It seeks to highlight the inadequacy of traditional political economy ideologies and debunk the assumption that unlimited fossil-fuel driven growth can address poverty.
It also tries to clarify terms such as ‘just transitions’, ‘green jobs’, ‘low-carbon industrialisation’ and present the challenges and opportunities inherent to these concepts. Through the initiatives covered in this publication, WWF’s Green Growth South Africa project, has sought to draw attention to the complexities of these concepts in order to democratise the knowledge that will ultimately inform the country’s sustainability planning.
‘Towards a Green Economy’ gives readers a quick download on the dominant thinking and debates around issues core to facilitating a just transition to a low-carbon economy. It highlights what high level representatives from key sectors are saying about climate finance, regional approaches to climate change finance, carbon tax, bunker fuels and presents a concise download of WWF strategies and our asks for COP17.
The third in a series of events designed to inform the public’s collective contribution to moving South Africa towards a successful green economic transformation, the event hosted a panel discussion made up of multi-stakeholder representatives of key South African constituencies, including South African Deputy Minister of Transport Jeremy Cronin and WWF’s International Climate Change Policy Advocacy Officer and National Planning Commission member Tasneem Essop. Also present were Emily Tyler who has made notable contributions to South Africa’s low-carbon development strategies and Deon Nel, WWF South Africa’s Head of the Biodiversity Unit.
WWF representative, Tasneem Essop said; “The launch of this publication is significant because what we require now is urgent action at national levels as well as progress towards finalising a global agreement on climate change. However, since progress is slow and we do not foresee countries making ambitious emission reduction commitments in Durban, the more solutions we find at domestic levels and implement with urgency, the closer we get to making real impact on reducing emissions and preventing runaway climate change. Both global and national efforts are important for each other. Given the scale of the problem, it is imperative that we start to see results.”