The Khayelitsha MCJ Forum is advancing MCJ at local a level. The MCJ National Conference resolutions last year in November reiterated the need for a mass base campaign rooted in our communities. The conference emphasized the need to link existing community struggles such as service delivery, land and food sovereignty, water, restoration of wetlands and rivers campaign, promotion of housing retrofitting projects, renewable energy and waste management. The past two weeks have been dedicated in recruiting and setting up community forums locally. This has started in Khayelitsha with the support of Yandiswa Nxawe who was coopted to the MCJ National Steering Committee recently.
The Million-Climate Jobs Campaign had the pleasure of participating in a Green week event hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT). The event started on the 14th and ended on the 18th of April 2014.
This is an annual event that is initiated by the Green Campus initiative based at UCT. It is driven by a group of students dedicated to transforming the university of Cape Town to be an environmentally friendly campus. Since its inception the initiative has successfully implemented recycling programmes on campus. They also run a challenge that promotes energy saving and efficiency supported by ESKOM.
This is an award winning team of vibrant and passion young people who are committed to implementing practical initiatives that contribute to saving our planet.
Twenty-five activists gathered in Johannesburg on the 25th April 2014 to discuss and draw up strategies that will be used to roll out the signature campaign of the Million Climate Jobs campaign.
Present were activists coming from six provinces i.e Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State. The national steering committee members were also present.
The signature campaign seek to mobilize 100,0000 signatures to call on the government of South Africa to reduce emissions while creating decent jobs for the citizens of South Africa. The campaign proposes that the government put more effort "in fighting climate change, creating jobs and in protecting the future". The campaign demands that the government to:
Parallel to the big mining corporations and governments annual conference - Mining Indaba. An event where the above-mentioned gather every year to talk about ways to expand the mining industry - which involves building more strategies to steal more land from peasant producers, pollute their water and air, over 200 delegates from Angola, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, USA, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe gathered in Cape Town to attend the fifth Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI). The conference took place on the 4th up to the 7th of February 2014 at Ritz Hotel in Sea Point.
The Alternative Mining Indaba provided a dialogue for communities and civil society organizations to discuss progress made in improving the socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining on communities.
Whether or not divine intervention was behind the timing of the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines, in early November 2013, days before the world leaders gathered to confront the catastrophe of climate change, Typhoon Haiyan provided a most sobering reminder that, in the words of one of the world's leading climatologists, 'The future is now. And it is hot.'
The Head of the Philippines delegation to the UN body, inelegantly called COP, used the occasion of the typhoon-caused death of more than 6,000 of his countrymen and the displacement of over 3.9 million more to make was is probably the most impassioned plea ever heard at any of the previous 18 annual meetings of the COPs. He implored the conference delegates to have the courage to take the steps they all knew were vital – and much delayed – if typhoons and other extreme weather events were not to become the fate of the world.
He was ignored. In protest, he went on a hunger strike for the remaining11 days of COP 19. He remained ignored.
Unlike the leaders, however, civil society groups attending this jamboree in Warsaw heard his cries.