in 2019, the world’s foremost climate science body warned that if we are to avert devastating climate destabilisation, we need to take sweeping and unprecedented action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. In other parts of the world, political parties are responding by declaring a climate emergency,and promising bold climate action in line with science and justice. However, as we head to the polls, South Africans are not given political options compatible with the need to equitably transform the country from being the biggest carbon polluter on the continent to becoming a renewable energy leader. The Action 24 Project recently released an environmental scorecard of election manifestos. The scorecard analysed the political platforms and policy priorities of the main contenders in the election, with mixed results. The ANC, which has the best chances to win this election, like every election since 1994, is second last in the ranking, coming in ahead only of the ACD...

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