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groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste.

SOME OF OUR LATEST NEWS

FUELLING THE FIRE: NEW COAL TECHNOLOGIES SPELL DISASTER FOR CLIMATE

25 July 2016 – A new report by Friends of the Earth International demonstrates how Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) and Coal Chemical technologies threaten to destabilise the earth’s climate and irreversibly damage local environments.

The report, launched today, comes in the wake of UCG being banned in Queensland, Australia. There is interest in and development of UCG in Europe, Russia, Canada, the US, China and India. It is currently under moratorium in Scotland.

The report includes case studies from Australia, China, South Africa, the UK and the USA.

Read the full media advisory here.

THE 12 QUESTIONS EVERY CLIMATE ACTIVIST HEARS

19 July 2016 - The Climate Reality Project has published a handy guide to the most common arguments against the reality of man-made climate change and why they’re totally wrong.  You can download a copy of the guide here.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL IN SOLIDARITY WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER

Washington DC, USA, 14 July 2016 - In response to the two senseless killing of African Americans by police in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minn., the deadly attack that killed five police officers in Dallas, and the July 13 anniversary of Black Lives Matter, Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica has released a statement which you can read here.

GLOBAL GREEN AND HEALTHY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE

Pietermaritzburg, 8 July 2016 - groundWork, through the Global Green and Healthy Hospital (GGHH) initiative, has been working with health care leaders and hospitals for the past six years on the issues of sustainable waste management strategies that will promote environmental health in both the hospital and the environment.

The decision by the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal to join the GGHH initiative is a timely boost and a step in the right direction. Six hospitals in the province – Edendale, Ngwelezana, Inkosi Albert Luthuli, Port Shepstone, King Edward and Grey – have all pledged to promote public health by continuously reducing their environmental impact and ultimately eliminating their contribution to the burden of disease.

For more on this story download groundWork's latest quarterly newsletter here.

SOMKHELE COMMUNITY PROTEST AGAINST INJUSTICES CARRIED OUT BY COAL MINE

Somkhele community protests coal mine

Somkhele/Matubatuba, South Africa, 4 July 2016 – Today, members of the community in Somkhele took to the streets once against to protest against the corruption and injustices associated with the coal mine that borders their community.

This mine is supported by traditional leaders, who have themselves allegedly been corrupted by the mine officials. This march has strong solidarity from the people in Fuleni, a nearby rural community that are themselves fighting the onslaught of a new coal mine proposed by Ibutho Coal. The mine officials at Somkhele consequently obtained an interdict against the protesters. However, the march went ahead and the provincial Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) came to receive the memorandum. The community declared the mine closed in front of the DMR, until the mine officials came to address the community on their issues.

GOLDMAN PRIZE LAUREATES SIGN PETITION TO STOP LAND GRAB IN LIBERIA

1 July 2016 – Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now pushing to permit logging for export in its concession. International environmentalists, including Goldman Prize Laureates, are calling for a ban on the export of such timber to prevent the further destruction of rainforests.

To add your voice to the petition to stop the selling out of Liberia’s unique forest heritage click here.

To read the letter from the Goldman Prize Laureates to the Forestry Development Authority click here.

FRACKING SCOPING APPLICATIONS PROLIFERATE

Fracking exploration impacts

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 15th June 2016 - It is apparent that despite opposition to the use of fracking technology and the exploitation of new fossil fuel reserves, the process leading to the possible commercial implementation of fracking in South Africa continues to gather momentum.

For an update, read the newsletter from our friends at FrackFree South Africa here.

GROUNDWORK CELEBRATES WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WITH ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SCHOOL

Participants at groundWork's 2016 Environmental Justice School

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 2 June 2016 – As World Environment Day is celebrated across the globe on Sunday, 5th June, groundWork will kick off its third annual Environmental Justice School. The school aims to build a cadre of informed environmental justice activists who will contribute towards the mobilization, resistance and transformation to a just society.

Twenty activists from South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya will for an intensive three weeks be engaged on issues of development, environmental legislation in South Africa and campaigning in areas of climate, energy, air quality, waste, water, land and food.

Read the full media advisory here.

 

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