Mr Daniel Mminele
The Head Of The Presidential Climate Finance Task Team
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Dear Mr. Daniel Mminele, I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you to respond to the questions that you have raised to the youth groups in your appreciation letter dated 19 August 2022, I understand that you were expecting the responses by 26 August 2022, please receive my sincere apology that I have missed that deadline, I hope this will be accepted.
The South African Youth Climate Change Coalition (SAYCCC) advisory team held a meeting today, it discussed the letter and questions set out in the letter, among other things. I am therefore happy to inform you that we are all impressed by the way that you and the Presidential Climate Finance Task Team have reached out to us as the youth and that you are willing to hear our perspectives.
Below is a summary of our discussion, responding to each question:
There is a significant imbalance of understanding about climate risks, vulnerabilities and climate emergency, from government departments, the sector and civil society, and because of that, we have not taken the issue of climate change seriously. Climate risks are resulting from a combination of exposure to natural hazards and socio-economic vulnerability. The PCC has done a remarkable initiative by doing a community-based consultation on the Just Transition Framework, and as the PCFTT has a mandate to facilitate climate finance, there should also be careful assessment to precisely identify vulnerable sectors, provinces and particularly vulnerable people. This must identify the needs and human rights concerns of vulnerable peoples, young and older people face common challenges, especially related to mental health (traumas, fears, etc). We believe that vulnerability assessments are a prerequisite for applying a human rights-based approach to adaptation planning, this will ensure proper prioritization in the climate finance process in South Africa.
The transition to a low carbon economy has to show the potential to increase job opportunities for the youth, the government should provide policies, business innovation and open opportunities for the youth, and there must be more businesses that promote sustainability. Transition to a low carbon economy is a matter of survival.
Many of our members in SAYCCC have not participated in the South Africa Youth Climate Action Process, as we have re-established our teams, we would like to be in the process, fully.
The SAYCCC, as a network of young environmentalists and climate justice activists, has a comparative advantage as innovators, influencers, connectors and implementers of climate policy and actions. We can play an active role in ambitious climate action by serving as a moral compass for implementing climate action to the local communities. So, in terms of awareness-raising, small projects implementation, we can contribute best.
The most important thing that needs to happen, to ensure that the voice of the youth is better heard, is to provide opportunities for them. The youth must be motivated, and not frustrated first, to voice out themselves. A young person sitting at home and doing nothing, having no opportunity (employment, sponsorship, etc), is less motivated and likely to be more frustrated. As we urge that creating opportunities for young people also becomes the utmost priority.
We would like to engage with you continuously.
I appreciate your consideration of this letter, and I look forward to hearing from you.
On behalf of SAYCC,
SAYCCC Executive Director