Climate Change in South Africa mini series
Three comedy news explainer videos and a live studio roundtable unpacking the climate crisis in South Africa
South Africa | 12 September 2019 – 05 February 2021
Politically Aweh is an award-winning youth-oriented satirical news show, which aims to help young South Africans ‘get aweh’ (i.e. raise their awareness) about important issues that affect them.
In 2019, as the youth climate movement gained global momentum, we felt there wasn’t enough attention being drawn to the crisis in our home country by traditional media despite South Africa heating at twice the global average. As a digital first media outlet which focuses on reaching youth through social media, we set about producing our most ambitious content yet: a 3 part explainer series and a live studio special unpacking climate change in South Africa in a great level of detail through accessible humorous video content.
The series was presented by Zipho Majova, a talented and relatable presenter, and would delve into (1) the severity of the crisis and what it means for South Africa; (2) why South Africa is a particularly bad climate offender; and (3) climate activism in SA.
Guest interviews included Goldman environmental prize winner Makoma Lekalakala and Amnesty International Secretary-General, Kumi Naidoo.
The live studio special was an interactive broadcast to Facebook, YouTube and local television and featured South Africa’s most prominent youth climate activist, Ayakha Melithafa, in her first major televised interview, and a young environmental lawyer making a huge impact through her work with the Centre for Environmental Rights, Tatenda Muponde.
For additional production support and to ensure we got all our facts right, we reached out to the African Climate Reality Project and EU co-funded Action 24: Active Citizens Responsible Legislatures.
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