Olivia Rumble is an admitted attorney of the high courts of Johannesburg and Cape Town, and holds a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Stellenbosch University, as well as an LLB and LLM from the University of Cape Town.
She and Andrew Gilder, also an admitted attorney with 17 years of legal experience, are the directors of Climate Legal, a consultancy firm that works with government, industry and civil society to support the development of climate legislation and policy in South Africa.
Their work is made easy because South Africa is so advanced when it comes to climate change plans, agendas, policies, strategies and frameworks. “The country has been incubating climate policy since at least 2000 and, as a result, our plans and policies are relatively mature. We are in a welcome space of fine-tuning them, engaging with barriers to implementation, mainstreaming them across other instruments and costing their implementation,” says Rumble.
Rumble and Gilder also co-drafted and co-edited a book on South African carbon tax with Mansoor Park and Geoff Stiles. It was released last year, and an updated version was published in October. “The book unpacks the complexity around carbon tax — which was implemented last year — and tries to situate the tax within a wider policy and environmental legal framework, making it more accessible to practitioners,” says Rumble.
Up next is a book on climate change law and policy in the Southern African Development Community, as Rumble and Gilder believe we need greater global awareness of the impressive climate change legal and policy responses being developed in Africa.
“The country has been incubating climate policy since at least 2000 and, as a result, our plans and policies are relatively mature.”