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SA TO EXPORT COAL FOR 1ST KENYAN POWER STATION, LAMU COMMUNITY SPEAKS OUT
Press conference: Lamu community members in South Africa’s coal-fields
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 – Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its rich Kiswahili culture and semi-pristine islands, is set to be transformed if authorisation for a 1000MW coal-fired power station is given by the Kenyan government. The construction of the power station, together with the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), will result in the displacement of indigenous peoples and the loss of their agricultural and fishing livelihoods.
Members of the community-based Kenyan NGO Save Lamu are this week in the Mpumalanga Highveld on an exchange visit with the Highveld Environmental Justice Network, a coalition of communities on the fenceline of Eskom’s power stations. They will be joined by environmental justice NGOs Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg) and groundWork, who are hosting the exchange.
Health Care Without Harm’s, Gary Cohen, awarded MacArthur Fellowship
Chicago, USA, 28 September 2015 – Co-founder and president of Health Care Without Harm, Gary Cohen, has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for his work as an Environmental Health Advocate, who promtes environmental responsibility among health care providers and repositioning health care institutional practice around the broader challenges of sustainability, climate change, and community health.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. According to the Foundation’s president, Julia Stasch, “These 24 delightfully diverse MacArthur Fellows are shedding light and making progress on critical issues, pushing the boundaries of their fields, and improving our world in imaginative, unexpected ways. Their work, their commitment, and their creativity inspire us all.”
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NO MANDATE TO BURN AFRICA - Environmental NGOs address parliament on South Africa’s climate change policy
Cape Town, South Africa, 22 September 2015 – Environmental justice organisations today told parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Environment that the United Nations’ climate negotiations in Paris in December will not deliver a plan that will in reality stop temperature rise at the necessary 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to groundWork, this is because adequate action on climate is in direct contradiction with the interests of corporate capital, and it is corporates such as Sasol in South Africa, which have captured the climate negotiations.
DURBAN DECLARATION ON REDD
Durban, South Africa - 9 September 2015 - We, local communities, peasants movements, Indigenous Peoples and civil society organizations from Africa and all over the world, call upon the United Nations, the World Forestry Congress, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank and states to reject top-down forms of development, including false solutions to climate change and forest and biodiversity conservation that only serve the dominant market economy.
COLENSO COAL-FIRED POWER STATION PROJECT SCOPING REPORT
Durban, South Africa, 8 September 2015 – Summary by the Centre for Environmental Rights to determine if the suggestions groundWork made on the Draft Scoping Report for the Colenso Coal-fired Power Station Project were incorporated in the Final Scoping Report and to determine if further comments can be made on the Final Scoping Report.
CLIMATE ‘CONTRIBUTIONS’ SPELL DISASTER FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Durban, South Africa, 27 August 2015 – In the lead up to the annual United Nations climate negotiations, the South African government has published its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) discussion document , which states that South Africa is “firmly committed” to keeping global warming to less than 2˚C above pre-industrial levels. It adds that this target may be revised to “below 1.5˚C in light of emerging science, noting that global average temperature increase of 2˚C translates to up to 4˚C for South Africa by the end of the century”.
groundWork maintains that this is a recipe for disaster.
HUGE OPPOSITION TO ZULULAND COAL MINE ‘CATASTROPHE’
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 26 August 2015 – The fight is on! And it promises to be one of the most bitterly contested battles in KwaZulu Natal’s environmental history.
The proposed anthracite ‘Fuleni’ coal mine targeted for establishment on the south-eastern border of the world famous Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve in Zululand has been confronted with the largest collection of environmental and conservation NGO groupings ever established in KwaZulu-Natal to oppose it.
On top of this, preliminary community-inspired and specialist academic investigation of Ibutho Coal’s draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA) has delivered withering criticisms, describing it as “fatally flawed”.
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