Start a home garden

You can plant your own fruit and veggies in a home garden. You will be helping the environment and saving money at the same time!

Make your own compost

Put leftover food in a compost heap. You can use compost to grow new plants. Making compost also reduces space used for landfills and creates healthy soil.

Plant indigenous

Plant indigenous species of plants. They use less water and provide food and habitat for animals.

Don’t use plastic

Plastic bags harm animals and the environment and take years to break down. Use your own canvas bag instead of plastic bags.


Use a glass drinking bottle that can be washed out and used again. If you use items that can be reused, this results in less waste.

Become a Waste Picker

Start waste picking to make money. Waste pickers collect recyclable materials to resell to buyback centres.

Save water

Saving water is extremely important. All living species need water to survive. Always turn off your tap when you’re finished and fix all your plumbing leaks

Reduce power use

When you exit a room, always turn off the lights. Using electricity creates pollution. You will create far less pollution if you save electricity.


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Climate change will affect South Africans in five sectors: health, bio-diversity, agriculture, water and cities. Though the spread of malaria isn’t expected to increase, cholera outbreaks will. As temperatures rise, farmers will need extra irrigation and maize, wheat and grape production particularly will be impacted. It is uncertain what the outcome of precipitation will be, but the east coast and central interior are likely to get more water, while the Northern and Western Cape are likely to get less. Coastal cities may be threatened by higher sea levels. For example, Durban’s sea-level could rise by 2.7 mm every year, making storm surges and coastal erosion worse. In general, as weather patterns become more extreme, fires, storms, flooding, and droughts are expected.


  • Many South Africans are living in poverty, have a high disease burden and inadequate housing. This means that they are not able to deal well with extra pressures like extreme climate events since they are already in a vulnerable state.
  • In some places, South Africa already has low and variable rainfall.
  • Most of South Africa’s surface water is already appointed to be used somewhere, so there isn’t much extra.
  • Agriculture and fisheries, which will be impacted, are important for food security and local livelihoods.

This article was published in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs



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