Unprecedented glacial melts in Greenland in 2019. Permafrost releasing carbon monoxide at rates not factored into the climate change models. Killer heat waves threatening 200 million people in northern India.
Millions marching across the world demanding climate change be taken seriously by governments. Conspiracy-level investments in climate denialist campaigns. Climate change is upon us. The tree huggers were right all along, and we’re all staring down the barrel of the gun. All we don’t know is how long it will be before it fires.
In South Africa, we have been feeling the pain of climate change too. Cape Town and other cities have been faced with looming water crises. And, due to the recent rains, the emergency has been averted for now. Johannesburg could face similar challenges soon, if our rainfall drops for a few years in a row. For most of us, what we do is watch nervously as the water levels in dams drop. We take shorter showers, set up grey water systems, grow water-wise gardens that need less water, wash our cars with buckets of water, and imagine how we might survive a Day Zero in our cities.
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