South Africa’s Tshilidzi Marwala Aims to Move Away from Coal

In the Planet Classroom Network’s new release, Net Zero Speaks with Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor, Principal of the University of Johannesburg and Deputy Chairperson of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, reveals his concerns about the Race to Net Zero.

South Africa’s Tshilidzi Marwala Aims to Move Away from Coal

South Africa ranks 7th in the world for coal consumption. About 80% of the country’s electricity comes from coal. South Africa has pledged to phase coal out. In a new episode of the acclaimed Net Zero series, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg discusses with youth Climate Activist Mphathesithe Mkhize the challenges South Africa is facing in reaching its Net Zero commitments and the solutions being explored.

“We are considered the continent’s worst polluters,” says Marwala. “We must make the changes needed to keep our planet safe. The big big challenge is HOW do we move away from coal?”

Watch the Interview here

The Protect our Planet Movement in association with Planet Classroom has launched the acclaimed Net Zero video and podcast series in which 24 youth climate activists from the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement in association with Planet Classroom ask international thought leaders working on the environment the big questions as to how their nations are progressing towards their 2050 Net Zero pledges.

About the Protect Our Planet Movement

The Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement is an initiative designed to address the urgent need to share information and knowledge with the youth on solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN, mitigate climate change, and adapt to its growing impacts. Intended to ultimately reach the size, scale, and momentum to become a global movement, POP mobilizes the youth worldwide to take collective action needed to mitigate climate change and protect threatened ecosystems.

About the Planet Classroom Network

The Planet Classroom Network, organized by CMRubinWorld, brings together musicians, dancers, video game creators, filmmakers, activists, learning innovators and emerging technologists from around the world to entertain, educate and engage youth, and to provide a rich cultural experience for all. Content showcased for youth and by youth on the Planet Classroom Network is provided by 30 cultural organizations from around the world. Young people globally played a significant role in conceptualizing, creating, and producing the network’s vision and programming.

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