Pan African Climate Change Hearings

EMG and Oxfam jointly hosted the Pan African Climate Change Hearings in Cape Town in October 2009.

The object was not to verify climate change or to make direct links, but rather to illustrate the lives of those directly dependent on a stable and predictable climate... and show how we are all ultimately dependent on each other  –  even if we feel relatively insulated because of our wealth or house in the city.

Amongst the testimonies:

Sarah Niemand  –  artisanal fisher, Buffeljagsbaai, Cape south coast

Ernest Titus  –  artisanal fisher, Lamberts bay , Cape west coast

Sidney le Fleur  –  small-scale organic honeybush farmer, Kranskop, Southern Cape

Ragel Hesselman  –  small-scale organic rooibos tea farmer, Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape

Beatrice –  Food gardener, Carolusberg, Northern Cape

Bulelani Kave –  community activist, Atlantis, Western Cape

Ernest Titus (Lambert's Bay) and Sarah Niemand (Buffeljagsbaai), both artisanal fishers and community leaders at the Pan African Climate Change Hearings in Cape Town in October 2009

Climate Change - Resources

This easy-to-read, 4-page "beginners guide" to climate change. Climate Change and Global Warming (2011) by Heidee Swanby & Stephen Law, EMG, will tell you all you need to know.
... Ook in Afrikaans - 'n kort-en-kragtig, maklik om te lees stuk Klimaatverandering en Aardverwarming
NEW! NEW! isiXhosa...  Ukutshintsha kwemozulu kunye nesomiso

Want more? Download these Six Facts about climate change... then move on to A brief guide to Global Warming (2007) by Jessica Wilson & Stephen Law (published by Robinson, London). We have no more copies in stock, but it is available from Amazon and Goodreads in hard copy and e-book format.

EMG is part of the consortium responsible for planning, writing and launching this fantastic resource for anyone involved in community-based adaptation work. Participatory Adaptation Handbook : A practitioner's guide for facilitating people centred adaptation to climate change (3.1MB PDF) , and a set of facilitation cards Experiental Learning for Adaptation  (945KB). Alternatively contact us for a hard-copy (R100) while stocks last.

EMG has worked alongside small-scale rooibos farmers of the Suid-Bokkeveld for many years. Download this summary of our work and approach entitled Adaptation with a human face: Lessons learned from an ongoing adaptation and learning process (2012) by Noel Oettle, EMG (380KB) or contact us for a copy of the full report.

Into history? Download this 2-pager summary of the most important scientific and political milestones in the debate.... The Science and Politics of Climate Change - A summary timeline Stephen Law and Jessica Wilson 

These thoughs on how climate change may impact food security, were first presented to a Public Forum 2010 hosted by AIDC

This report was commissioned by Both ENDS, The Netherlands. The title says it all. The social and environmental consequences of coal mining in South Africa: A case study (2010) Victor Munnik, EMG