Seize Your Power | WWF South Africa

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Seize Your Power

We believe our future can, and should, be powered by nature.
The energy systems in place across the planet within the next four years will define the world’s climate change path for generations.

All countries have a right to develop, yet we need to invest money now in clean and renewable energy – to limit dangerous climate change, to reduce the risk to human health from fossil fuels, to fast-track access to energy, and to safeguard our collective future.

We call on financial institutions and governments worldwide to act immediately to invest more in sustainable energy powered by wind and sun. They must phase out investments in coal, oil and gas and enable a just transition from the dirty and unsustainable energy of today.

The world needs investment in nature, and there are good reasons to do so now more than ever. We stand for a future in which people live in harmony with nature. Investing in fossil fuels threatens the natural world and the stability of communities and society. Investing in renewable energy will support a clean, sustainable future for all.

There must be no financial reward for environmental and human harm.

We choose to invest in solutions rather than problems: join us.  

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy comes from resources that are constantly replenished, or infinite, such as sunlight, wind, waves, tides and geothermal heat, or heat from the earth.

Technologies that can harness renewable energy are able to generate electricity with almost no pollution or carbon emissions and would reduce our reliance on coal and other fossil fuels significantly. Existing technologies include, among others, solar water heating, concentrated solar power, photovoltaics, biofuels and wind turbines. 

Renewable Energy: Access and Investment

Ahead of the Ban Ki-moon summit in September 2014, WWF has partnered with The Guardian to profile the necessary trigger points to move energy investments in the face of climate change. Go to for more information.

What's the ask?

Despite the rapid global depletion of fossil fuel resources, as many as 1.4 billion people have no access to reliable electricity. Some 2.7 billion depend on traditional fuels such as wood, charcoal or manure for cooking and heating – often harvested in ways highly damaging to the environment and used in ways highly damaging to health.

The world’s current paradigm, where fossil fuels supply our energy needs, is not sustainable. Not only are we not meeting existing energy access needs, but if we continue in this fashion, our energy future will include substantially higher and more volatile energy costs, driven by increasing scarcity of finite resources. We would need to obtain the resources from more physically and politically challenging areas, and energy security would continue to be challenged by disruptions of supply, accidents and disputes over energy resources.

As the greatest single contributor to climate change, a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario would add cost to and multiply already occurring climate change impacts, offering no chance for the world to stay below unacceptable risk levels for runaway climate change.

A fully sustainable renewable power supply is the only way we can secure energy for all and avoid environmental catastrophe... and it is possible.

Research indicates that it is technically feasible to supply everyone on Earth with the energy they need by 2050, with 95% of this energy coming from renewable sources using technologies that already exist or are in development at present.  

Double the Effort, Double the Ambition

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In the South African context we are calling for double the effort and double the ambition. Government has already committed to generating around 19 gigawatts of electricity through renewable energy by 2030. Doubling the effort means delivering on that far sooner than the deadline. Doubling the ambition means finding the money and reducing the capital required to increase our goal from 19 gigawatts to 38 gigawatts. In other words, government needs to pull out all the stops to remove outstanding barriers and to look at innovative ways of reducing the financial cost of renewables. We believe that such ambition is vital, not only in terms of climate change in the long term, but in terms of South Africa's current energy crisis. 

What can you do?

Make the Seize Your Power pledge to indicate your commitment to a broader roll out of renewable energy in South Africa and across the globe.