Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing humanity. It is extraordinarily complex, due to its interconnected and multifaceted nature. It results from activities within societal and economic systems, yet, simultaneously, it negatively impacts these very systems. As such, it needs to be tackled within the global systems that people depend upon. Guaranteed by both climate change and climate action, is that either way, there will be drastic changes.

Humanity is faced with a choice. Focus efforts on guarding against rapid deterioration of the physical environment, or, for the sake of short-term gain, not. However, both climate action and inaction pose risks. This is particularly true for SA. As more climate risks materialise, and as risks move from perceived to actual, the need to respond has become more urgent...

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