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Climate change reality for KZN government

Climate change reality for KZN government

Oct 13, 2015

The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) and The Climate Reality Project facilitated two workshops during the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) regional workshop from 14 to 16 October 2015. This event marked an important milestone on the Road to Paris for the Climate Reality’s 24 Hours of Reality: The World is Watching event (13 to 14 November) as well as the upcoming COP21 climate negotiations.

The ACRP provided 12 trained Climate Reality Leaders from South Africa to help facilitate each local government workshop. The two workshops are billed “Climate Reality Group: Communicating regional climate opportunities and challenges” and “Climate Reality Group: Communicating climate change.”

Under the leadership of Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), the ACRP works with climate leaders, governments, NGOs and scientists across the continent to create tools and resources to support a network of African leaders who mobilise communities from Algeria to Zimbabwe to find solutions to climate change.

“The growing global network of Climate Reality Leaders is critical to the climate movement, with motivated and educated individuals helping their own communities make the connection between their lives and what they can do to solve the climate crisis,” said Al Gore, Chairman and Founder of The Climate Reality Project.

The purpose of the regional workshops is to build and strengthen local government officials’ knowledge and understanding of the Durban Adaptation Charter.

Officials from various towns and cities across Southern African benefited from the workshops through knowledge gained about the opportunities and challenges of climate change. They will also learn how to communicate effectively about climate change in the context of local government.

“Southern Africa plays host to some of the poorest nations in the world. These nations are also some of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Providing government officials with the skills, knowledge and tools needed to adapt to climate change at a local level significantly improves the overall resilience of communities,” said Jeunesse Park, ACRP Branch Manager.

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