For a variety of reasons, climate change has become an important policy-making issue for
most countries today. Explain why climate change has become an important issue in public
policy making in South Africa.
Climate change has posed risk not only to human health but also to the ecosystems, social systems and economic development. Adaptation of the potential effects of climate changes is a complex and still running process requiring actions by individuals, communities, government and international agencies as a whole. For this reasons climate change has played a very significant role in the public policy-making in South Africa and the policymakers have taken much of their time to gather useful information about possible consequences of climate change in South Africa from peoples perceptions of whether the effects are beneficial or disastrous, available adaptation options and the benefits of slowing the rate of climate change. In this discussion, we shall view just how climate change has become of great significance in making public policy as well as how has it benefited both the social and the economic field of South Africa.