Sibusiso Mazomba’s aim is to share the important connection humankind has with nature. He says: “I would like more South Africans to understand our dependence on nature — we rely on our environment for the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Nature positivity contributes to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”
As a climate justice activist with a keen interest in youth participation in policy- and decision-making, Mazomba is a youth policy member at the African Climate Alliance. The not-for-profit organisation aims to mobilise youth across Africa to partake in the climate change movement. Mazomba’s particular focus is raising awareness about the harm fossil fuels wreak on our environment.
Currently a third-year student at the University of Cape Town, majoring in oceanography and environmental and geographical science, Mazomba is part of the Youth@SAIIA delegation that participated in this year’s 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference. He returned as a junior negotiator for a second time, focusing on climate empowerment and protection of the oceans.
Mazomba imagines a world in which our relationship with nature is more considered in urban planning. We need to rekindle our connection with nature so that it can be appreciated and protected through collective action. “With or without us, nature will recover from human-induced destruction, so it is in our interest that we begin to restore and protect our natural systems.”
Mazomba lives up to his words. He’s been instrumental in advocating for the Johannesburg Youth Climate Action Plan, a policy that will inform the city’s climate action for the next decade. He looks forward to climate organisations in South Africa becoming more collaborative in their efforts, in making meaningful climate change decisions and implementing effective action.
With or without us, nature will recover from human-induced destruction