ISBN 9781920409524
Pages 168
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2011
Publisher Idasa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Facing Climate Change

Building South Africa's Strategy

by Stefan Raubenheimer

When it comes to Climate Change the gap between what we are doing and what we need to do is vast. Developing a plan to get us from where we are to where we need to be is now one of the most important tasks of modern society. In this, South Africa was an early leader, and it approached the question in a remarkable way. The South African Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) is an internationally celebrated example of how people can come together to work with the evidence to develop the questions of the day. What was remarkable was not only the scientific rigour adopted, but the way in which leaders worked together to reach a broad consensus. Their vision, and the response of the South African government, was groundbreaking and extraordinarily ambitious. The LTMS has quietly reshaped the South African landscape. This book is the story of the people and the process by which they took up the challenge and produced these Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios.

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About the Author

Stefan Raubenheimer

Stefan Raubenheimer is the Executive Director of SouthSouthNorth (SSN), and has worked in the field of Climate Change for ten years. He started his career as a human rights lawyer in the 1980s, during which period he trained as a mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. In the period before and after the South African elections in 1994, he became interested in the resolution of conflict and the facilitation of development and transformation processes. In this time he worked as a panellist for the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa, now Tokiso. In 1999, he attended the UN Climate Change Conference and, together with an international team, created SSN, an organisation that he has headed since then. SSN has focused on the developmental issues raised by the Climate Change challenge. A combination of his work in this new field and his work as a facilitator laid the seeds for the design and management of the LTMS, the subject of this book.