Climate change is fast becoming the most pressing environmental issue of our time. The effects of climate change can already be felt globally in increased temperatures and inconsistent weather patterns. "Going green" will lessen the effects of climate change and will also save you money.
What is Global Warming and Climate Change?
|Climate change is a result of global warming. Global warming is mainly caused by ongoing greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from human activity, such as during energy production from coal and oil.|
What are the Effects and Consequences of Climate Change for the Western Cape?
|It is predicted that the Western Cape will experience less rainfall in winter in the future, with rising temperatures across the province, resulting in a drying trend and placing further strain on water resources. A high loss of rare plants and animals is also predicted.|
Why is It Important to Use Natural Resources Sparingly?
|It is important to use resources like fresh water sparingly because of an ever-increasing demand on supply. Wasting water will mean that there will be less water for future generations to use. Non-renewable resources such as coal and oil are resources that will eventually run out. Oil is not only used for fuel, but also in the production of plastics, paints, chemicals and much more. Coal reserves are also fast being depleted by an increased demand for electricity production.|
How Do I Go Green?
|Take the pledge; the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has initiated the "Green Ambassador Pledge", whereby you can pledge to be proactive in the protection of our environment by making small adjustments to your lifestyle. You can also find out how to:
What is Government Doing?
|The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and several other provincial departments are responsible for implementing Strategic Objective Seven - Mainstreaming Sustainability and Optimising Resource-Use Efficiency. You can view and download this document here.|