Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development
Environmental NGOs in South Africa concentrate largely on environmental justice and sustainable development. Their work examines the relationship between humans and the environment concentrating not only on the impact of humans on the environment, but also on the effects of globalization on the planet.
The unequal power dynamic between the North and South, including issues such as free trade and excessive Northern consumption and their negative consequences for the natural resources of the South is an important focus area for these organisations.
Environmental NGOs from South Africa played an important role in the civil society caucus of the World Summit on Sustainable Development that took place in Johannesburg in 2002.
Common programme areas for NGOs pursuing environmental justice and sustainable development:
- Campaigns against nuclear energy.
- The promotion of better waste management.
- Monitoring air and water borne industrial pollution.
- The promotion of alternative renewable sources of energy.
For information about NGOs working specifically in nature conservation, refer to the PRODDER Directory.
South African NGOs Promoting Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development
The World Conservation Union: IUCN South Africa
Resource: Guide for Communities involved in EIAs
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