The Climate Risks We Face

About The Webinar

What are the most urgent climate change-related risks faced by South Africans in the first half of the 21st century? 

In a report commissioned by Daily Maverick, the world-acclaimed scientists at Wits University’s Global Change Institute, together with a panel of 12 experts from various disciplines, have generated a “top 5” list of factors that are almost certain to alter the fabric of our society. From the security of food, water and energy supply to the threats posed to health and the natural environment, the GCI report is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the country’s medium-term future — which means, practically, everyone.

Daily Maverick’s Kevin Bloom, along with GCI’s Professor Bob Scholes, a systems ecologist whose work is cited by environmental scientists across the globe and Makoma Lekalakala, recipient of the world’s foremost award for grassroots environmental activism, will be drilling into the findings in an upcoming live webinar.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kevin Bloom is senior investigative journalist of Daily Maverick's Climate Crisis reporting division "Our Burning Planet" and is the co-author of Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa's Changing Fortunes. Kevin is an Honorary W​​​​​​​riting Fellow at the University of Iowa and a former Writing Fellow at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research.

  • Prof Bob Scholes is a systems ecologist with a particular interest in the savannas of Africa. He is among the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide based on citation. He has led several high-profile studies (eg the Assessment of Elephant Management, the Strategic Assessment of Shale Gas Development, the Global Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment) and large research campaigns (eg SAFARI 2000 and the Southern African Millennium Assessment). He was an author of the
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 3 rd , 4 th and 5th assessments. He has been on the boards of the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, the South African National Parks and South African National Space Agency. He is a Member of the South African Academy, a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of
    South Africa, an NRF A-rated scientist, and a winner of the National Science and Technology Forum Lifetime Contribution to Science Award.

  • Ms Makoma Lekalakala is the Director of Earthlife Africa, a civil society environmental justice and anti-nuclear organisation. She has been active in social movements tackling issues from gender and women’s rights issues, socio- economic and environmental justice issues. Her commitment to climate justice in South Africa has led civil society to win the first South African Climate Change litigation case against the government, and the reversal of the nuclear deal by SA and the Russian government of which she received the Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa 2018, received the Nick Steele Memorial Environmentalist of the Year and the Global Citizen profiled her as one of the activists to take note of in future.

  • Kevin Bloom

    Webinar Host

  • Bob Scholes

    Webinar Guest

  • Makoma Lekalakala

    Webinar Guest

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