The C40 Cities conference in Cape Town has revealed the places in South Africa which face the greatest threat of climate change.
Given the current drought situation in the Mother City, it’s perhaps no surprise to see that it makes the list. But as Correspondent report, it isn’t the only Mzansi representative there.
What South African cities are most at risk of climate change?
From the Cape to Durban, these areas are at the mercy of rising sea levels caused by the melting polar ice caps in Antarctica. With South Africa having no clear land mass between itself and the depleted continent, there’s a serious issue to be considered.
C40 estimate that 570 cities – almost of all of them based on the coast – will be at high risk of flooding and adverse conditions caused by the sea before 2050.
Mayor Patricia de Lille was in attendance at the summit, which brings together over a thousand scientists and business leaders from across the world. She thanked C40 for supporting the city throughout the water crisis.
South Africa and climate change
De Lille confidently mentioned that Cape Town would come out of its day zero doom and gloom stronger than ever before, stating the municipality is adapting the way it consumes and distributes water.
So far this year, three fully-operational desalination plants have been installed with another four set to get up and running in the near future. Capetonians have also cut their water consumption by more than half.
The recent rains may bring temporary relief to the Cape, but fighting climate change is an even bigger challenge than tackling a localised drought. South Africa must become ecologically-conscious if it is to avoid an irreversible disaster.