The Knysna/Plett Harold published an article early this morning that climate change is taking its toll in the Western Cape.
It is believed that more municipalities will expect to request emergency water assistance due to high water consumption because of the recent fires.
The Agricultural Economist, Wandile Sihlobo, said changing weather patterns, including shifting rain periods, were putting pressure on the grain-producing areas of the western parts of the country.
“We have seen in South Africa of late a rapid pace of El Nino conditions. Whereas before we would have droughts spaced out between four or five years, we are now seeing these occurrences almost every two years.
“In 2016, we had a drought and 2017/18 there was a break, but we saw dry conditions returning towards the end of 2018, and now in 2019 in parts of the Western Cape and the Northern Cape.”
Sihlobo suggested farmers should consider irrigation and look at shifting planting seasons, as later than expected rainfall could become par for the course in years to come.
Former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said policy-makers needed to lead a shift in the way water is distributed, stored and governed now that the Western Cape is becoming increasingly arid.
“Many of the water challenges and shortages at municipalities and also in the agricultural sector can be attributed to climate change. Rainfall patterns have changed and the new normal in the Western Cape is that it’s a drought-stricken area.
“So the challenge for the future is that we all have to change our relationship with water and not rest on our laurels when water is plentiful.”
Meanwhile, firefighting continues as wildfires break out due to extreme weather conditions.
Established by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2001, the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is celebrated on 10 November each year.
The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies.
The WSDPD’s objectives are :
- To strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies
- To promote national and international solidarity for a shared science between countries
- To renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies
- To draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raise support for the scientific endeavour
South Africa provides the right to every person for a non-harmful environment.
This year Miss Earth South Africa, Tsogo Sun and other parties are recommitting their focus and work on the importance of the campaign #WasteStopsWithME.
Plastic are a problem which are attracking the most concerns today. In light of the staggering statistics, people are relooking at plastic use. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.
The Miss Earth South Africa Leadership programme are focusing on the individual responsibility and role that is played by citizens, their plastic consumption, and creating awareness of the long term effects that these have on the environment, our oceans, water bodies and marine life.
Miss Earth South Africa and Tsogo Sun are taking a strong stance against #BeatPlasticPollution.
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