Greening The Future

SA’s premier environmental awards

The Mail & Guardian is proud to celebrate the 18th edition of this flagship Greening. The Future event with emphasis on the significance of this year’s alignment of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties — COP 27 Global Summit. The focus is making strides in climate resilience and shifting from fossil fuel-based energy to cleaner energy.

Greening The Future is an annual environmental awards event in South Africa that recognises 40 winners in 9 environmental and sustainability categories. Greening the Future was launched by the Mail & Guardian in 1998 and has been an annual celebration of environmental and sustainability trailblazers and heroes ever since.

Climate Clock

We are in a climate emergency, but there is still time to avert disaster if we take bold, immediate action at the speed and scale necessary – beyond what politicians have deemed politically possible. The next ~7 years is humanity’s best window to enact bold, transformational changes in our global economy to avoid raising the global temperature above 1.5oc, a point of no return that science tells us is likely to make the worst climate impacts inevitable. The deadline and lifeline on the climate clock tell us what we need to do, by when. They are arguably the most important numbers in the world.