According to Minister Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs:
- More than half (54% ) of South Africans had never heard of climate change.
- Uneducated rural residents are likely to be uninformed, the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
- Even among South Africans with post-secondary education, 37% had not heard of climate change.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of South Africans who know of climate change say it is making life worse. Half of those believe it should to be stopped. Few thought they could do “a lot” (20%) or even “a little bit” (15%) to fight it.
The Minister highlighted this at the opening of the 10th annual Oppenheimer Research Conference in Midrand which is currently ( October 1) underway. The mining family set up a research centre to benefit the country’s conservation drives.