The Big Issue #280

  • 20 October to 24 November 2019

The Big Issue #280 (20 October to 24 November 2019­­­­) is available from your favourite vendor across the city.

The issue of climate change is no longer one that impacts our environment only. Whether we realise it or not, it is one that is affecting humanity. How much do we know about climate change though, and how is the climatechange narrative being framed in South Africa?

The Big Issue is no expert on this global crisis. However, as a magazine with an environmental conscience, we are committed to raising awareness about climate change, not just around special calendar days or world events. It is with this in mind, that we have reached out to various organisations and movements and individuals to share their perspectives on this global crisis.

All around the world, an army of young people are rising up, calling industries and world leaders to account on the issue of climate change. From Sweden to New York, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is leading from the front (see page 12). On home soil, youth climate activists Alex Koopman, Ayakha Melithafa, Yusra Peters (see page 8), and Lily Shaw (see page 15), share why they have joined Greta and other youngsters in the global Climate Strike Day.

Staying at home, Extinction Rebellion Mzansi is calling for the radical reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (see page 28), while. Greenpeace Africa welcomed the arrival of the research vessel Arctic Sunrise at the Port of Cape Town (see page 30).

We also turn the spotlight on the introduction of Carbon Tax in South Africa and how it will impact those living on the poverty line.





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Artfully yours

“We are the sparks that must glow as brightly as possible” – Asger Jorn

Zukiswa Mqikelana

Big Issue vendor Zukiswa Mqikelana dreams of seeing her kids prosper one day and become adults who will make her proud.

Climate Crisis – Oh? It affects me too?

On 20 September, thousands of young Capetonians added their voices to the call for the government and corporates to address the climate crisis. Climate change activist Alex Koopman explains how the youth want to be engaged on the issue.

Activism through art

A recent collaboration between schools, community and environmental organisations, as well as creative and cultural sector partners, culminated in an art workshop with a difference at Community House in Salt River.

Disruption to stop Disaster

Extinction Rebellion Mzansi, a young, peaceful civil disobedience movement, is calling for the radical reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and support for South Africa’s most vulnerable.

Carbon tax and the underprivileged

The Carbon Tax Act, signed into law by the president in June 2019, aims to help shift the economy on a sustainable trajectory, curb environmental damage and stem pollution-related illnesses. But how exactly will it impact those on the poverty line?

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