- Continually decrease use of and dependency upon fossil fuels.
- Invest in renewable energy.
- Invest in energy-efficiency,
- Change to zero
waste industrial ecology
- (Reduce Reuse Repair Remake Remanufacture Recycle Re-engineer Redesign).
- Radically reduce elitist non-essential luxury consumption.
- Increase extensive democratic controls over government.
- End perverse subsidies – no discounts for high industrial electricity users.
- Use economic mechanisms, innovative taxes, and cross subsidies.
- Redirect military budgets.
- Promote sustainable GE-free organic farming and food sovereignty.
- Encourage sustainable subsistence fishing.
- Build sustainable social housing for all.
- Promote public transport.
- Create Eco-cities.
100% renewable energy, complete reduction in fossil carbon emissions, is a pre-requisite to avert global climate disruptions which are already being experienced. True sustainability means ending dependency on fossil carbon - the human cause of global climate disruption.
Both the ANC government and the DA opposition support the continued financing of fossil carbon exploration, extraction and emissions that worsen global climate disruptions, while dedicating only token sums to renewable energy. The World Bank has recently defied the recommendation of its own Extractive Industries Review which calls for the phasing out of financing for coal, oil and gas extraction.
If existing coal fired stations and oil refineries are simply allowed to run their life cycle without building replacements and without major overhauls, then we will need to move to 100% renewable energy before 2030. This could be achieved earlier with appropriate economic mechanisms and political will. The so-called ‘perverse subsidies’ of the fossil carbon industries and high electricity user aluminium smelters need to be stopped urgently; a fossil carbon tax must introduced on extraction and imports, while renewable energy is cross subsidised.
It is necessary that the change to 100% renewable energy is a just transition where jobs are created and quality of life improved. One simple area is the mass production of cheap solar water heaters. ECOPEACE Party has seen that an effective solar water heat can be built for below R1000 and as little as R500. The present Eskom subsidies are only for solar water heater thermal efficiency; ECOPEACE Party proposes that a subsidy for lower cost also be included. We would like to see a competition with a substantial prize for the best design of a cheap efficient solar water heater. Nearly all South African homes can benefit from this. As well as energy efficiency, most South African homes could become net energy producers, and gain an income from this.
“Mitigation” is the dangerous illusion that production and consumption, particularly of elites, can be maintained without harming the climate for everyone. Carbon trading is a false solution that cannot halt the climate crisis caused by the extraction and the subsequent emissions of fossil carbon, which compromises Earth’s liveable climate. Attempts to ‘give carbon a price’ are not effective, democratic, or conducive to human welfare; nor are commodifying land, food, labour, forests, water, genes and ideas. This includes giving genes, forests, biodiversity or clean environments a monetary price.