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Dr. Dale McKinley: We Should be Talking about Climate Justice, Not Climate Change

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Published on Nov 24, 2011

We should be talking about climate justice, not climate change said, SACSIS columnist, Dr. Dale McKinley.

Talking about climate justice highlights the fact that this problem is about the political economy, he argued.

McKinley also said that the climate change debate prefaces the serious divides in South African society and that we shouldn't sugar coat this.

McKinley made these remarks at a roundtable discussion, which sought to ascertain how the South African media is reporting on climate change in the run up to COP17. The roundtable was co-hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office and the South African Civil Society Information Service. It took place on November 11, 2011.

Keynote speakers at the event included: Brendan Boyle (Editor, Daily Dispatch), Sue Blaine (Environment and Development Editor, Business Day), Prof. Herman Wasserman, (Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University), Bobby Peek (Director, Groundwork) and Saliem Fakier (Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund and SACSIS columnist).

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