SA youth climate protests - 'just the beginning'

On Friday, school kids around the world took part in climate protests, demanding that governments pay more attention to slowing down climate change.

In South Africa, young people turned out in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.

Jackie May, the owner of Twyg which promotes emerging designers, says turnout might not have been high in all centres, but Friday's protests are just the beginning.

The biggest march was in Cape Town, there were about 2000 young people there and some supportive parents, in Durban apparently 250 people and in Pretoria only 50... but it was very encouraging.

Jackie May, Owner - Twyg

They were enthusiastic, lots and lots of banners demanding all sorts of things. Obviously the main cry is that we just have to stop using fossil fuels and government has a big role in changing our source of energy to renewable energy.

Jackie May, Owner - Twyg

The people who mobilised and helped organise this, they're going to work harder at it and look for funding to get more kids out there and to create more awareness about the issues.

Jackie May, Founder - Twyg

May raises the issue of school kids asking why they should be studying for exams when they feel they don't have a future.

We put so much energy and try to motivate our children to take responsibility for their studies, they've got to look after their future but why should they bother if we're not actually doing what they really need, which is trying to stop the extreme climate change that we're working towards.

Jackie May, Founder - Twyg

The message is very clear -we have to do something, government has to take responsibility... It's not what does it take, it's whatever it takes.

Jackie May, Founder - Twyg

She cites the example of a young Japanese designer who is investigating new ways of manufacturing to cut down waste and the need for mass production.

He calls himself a design engineer - he's formulated a new way of making clothes which eliminates waste and its algorithmic and it's to help retailers not produce mass amounts of clothes but produce to clothes for specific people for when they need clothes.

Jackie May, Founder - Twyg

There are those amazing things happening and hopefully we can eliminate waste.

Jackie May, Founder - Twyg

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