YouthLab has partnered with Sophiatown Green Incubator and other trainers to create a specific innovation boot camp aimed at encouraging, testing, greening and launching economic innovations for township youth. Ideas can be businesses or social initiatives. The Green Innovation boot camp will take young people from idea to business model through various processes. The top idea from each province after the boot camp will be given a grant to activate their innovation.
iCre8 eKasi is a YouthLab initiative, it is a township economic revitalisation project aimed at innovating economic ecosystems in townships. iCre8 ekasi leverages potential opportunity for economic investment and trade by focusing on mapping, innovating and reactivating the potential of young people as economic actors. Through iCre8 ekasi townships are changed into hubs of social and economic life that sees communities responding to the social and economic ills they face by harnessing existing economic needs and assets by turning them into opportunities for entrepreneurship, employment, new industries and new patterns of trade within townships.
Presently, South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and is designed around large-scale usage of fossil fuels making it one of the world’s highest emitters of greenhouse gases. The move to a low carbon economy is essential in ensuring the retardation of ecological and environmental degradation. However, transitioning to a low carbon economy requires modification of the current structure of the political economy to guarantee a just and seamless transition, bearing in mind improving human well-being and social equity.
Climate change and the need to move towards renewable forms of energy have long been at the forefront of both global and national agendas. Dominant discourses on climate change focus on two areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
Over the past couple of years, South Africa adopted various policy measures to promote the development of renewable energy and other low-carbon and sustainable technologies, mainly driven by a concern to reduce emissions by more than 30 per cent by the beginning of the next decade and to make low carbon sources of energy a substantial part of the total energy mix. The MISTRA research project on which this book is based set out to investigate and understand the low-carbon path undertaken by South Africa in its drive to mitigate emissions and make low-carbon sources of energy a substantial part of the total energy mix.
On 13 October 2015, MISTRA will launch its research report titled “Earth, Wind & Fire: Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy”.