South African Youth rise up demanding Climate Change education


On June 16th,  1976, the young people of Soweto rose up against the imposition of Afrikaans in their education. It was the beginning of the end for apartheid.

On Friday, just before youth Day, hundreds of school children marched in Cape Town and Pretoria demanding that Climate Change be put into the school curriculum for all learners.

They also demanded that the Government  place a moratorium on new coal, gas and oil mining licences; to have 100% renewable energy by 2030; and that South Africa declare Climate change as an emergency

About 500 people marched from Parliament to the City Hall in Cape Town.The march was organised by the African Climate Youth Alliance and was part of the global Fridays for Future youth climate protest.A memorandum was handed over to Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayco member for Spatial Planning and Environment.

Green Anglicans took part in the march with a banner which said “God so loved the world” John 3:16 and were joined by young people attending the Volmoed Leadership Training Course.

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