- Two women from Mzansi have been recognised for their efforts in fighting climate change
- Dr Roberts has been named one of the most influential people for climate policy
- Dr King is reshaping how society views and engages with water
Dr Debra Roberts and Dr Jackie King have made Mzansi proud with their efforts to protect scarce water resources amidst a rapidly increasing climate. Dr Roberts from Durban is considered one of the most significant influences on global climate policies while, Dr King has become the first female South African to be awarded the Stockholm Water Prize.
Dr Debra Roberts
Dr Roberts has been doing incredible work in the eThekwini Municipality as part of the special unit geared towards sustainability.
She is also part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations organisation that provides a wealth of scientific information about climate change, Briefly.co.za found. This role is a first for a South African woman in local government, wrote Daily Maverick.
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Her efforts in ensuring we work towards decreasing our carbon emissions is on par with English broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough’s work and even Pope Francis, according to an inaugural list of climate policy influencers.
Roberts expressed her pride at seeing the hard work her community does being recognised and appreciated the youth involvement in the movement.
Dr Jackie King
Dr King advises African, Asian and South American governments on ways to develop water infrastructure sustainably, reports Daily Maverick. King has encouraged society to use river water supplies responsibly and to be more aware of where water comes from.
Winning the award was a source of pride for King who appreciated that the people whose lives were centered on vulnerable water systems were being recognised.
King is no stranger to the world of environmental politics and played a major role in developing the National Water Act of 1998.
She has had an exciting career thus far and has travelled to over 20 countries.
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