African People and Environments in the Global Economy
A series of five booklets
published by groundWork, August 2002
Published to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable
Development which opened in South Africa in August this year, this series of five booklets
gives an environmental justice perspective on challenges for sustainable
development in South Africa.
The booklets report from "several' fronts of the struggle we call
development. They look at how South Africa has adopted critical
aspects of international governance, at whose interests are served, and at the
impacts on people and their environments. They indicate that, while another
world is possible, it is not being built in South Africa.
These booklets can be downloaded below from
this web site in pdf format or may be ordered free of charge from the groundWork
Booklet 1: The invisible fist:
Development policy meets the world
by Dave Hallowes
Booklet 1 focuses on South Africa's
approach to development in relation to the global order defined by the
neo-liberal agenda of the "Washington consensus".
Booklet 2: Partners in pollution:
Voluntary agreements and corporate greenwash
by Chris Albertyn and Gill Watkins
The corporate push for
self-regulation is part of the neo-liberal agenda. Booklet 2 looks at what
advances they have made in South Africa.
Booklet 3: The cost of living: How
selling basic services excludes the poor
by Mark Butler
Booklet 3 picks up on the democratic
promise to provide people with services, such as clean water and energy, in
relation to global injunctions for cost recovery and privitisation.
Booklet 4: The Seeds of neo-colonialism:
Genetic engineering and farming
by Elfrieda Pschorn-Strauss and Rachel Wynberg
Booklet 4 looks at the role of South
Africa in the global battle over the introduction of Genetically Modified
Booklet 5: Ground-zero in the Carbon
Economy: People on the petrochemical fence-line
by Rory O'Connor and Dave Hallowes
Booklet 5 touches on climate change,
another point of conflict between the Northern powers, so as to relate it to the
local impacts of South Africa's oil refineries.