Climate Change: Don't Look to South Africa for Leadership

By IPS Correspondents

South Africa is Africa’s largest economy and the continent’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The country’s emissions per capita are on par with those of the United Kingdom, and more than twice as high as China’s emissions by the same measure.

South Africa is presently responsible for about half of Africa’s emissions, with 80 percent of its estimated 400 million metric tonnes of CO2 coming from the energy sector alone.

Water Pollution: NGOs Urge Govt to Act

Environmental organisations have called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to appeal to the government to take action on the contamination of South Africa’s water resources, which they say could lead to environmental disaster and health problems for Witwatersrand residents.

The National Water Forum, the Federation for a Sustainable Environment for the Olifants River and the National Taxpayers Union have, in a letter to Mary Anne Groepe of WHO in the country, describe the growing crisis as a ‘time bomb’.

NGOs Criticise West Rand Environmental Disaster

Press Release

19 January 2010

From: Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (Acid Mine Drainage Working Group)
Endorsed by: Legal Resources Centre, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, The GreenHouse People's Environment Centre, Public Environmental Arbiters

Contacts for further information:

Rachel Adatia email: amd.workinggroup@gmail.com cell 082 420 1436
Mariette Liefferink email: mariettel@iburst.co.za Tel: 011 787 7965 cell: 073 231 4893

Greenpeace Sets Sights on South Africa

South Africa can cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200-million tonnes by 2050 without sacrificing economic growth if it uses energy more efficiently and increases wind and solar power production, according to Greenpeace.

Greenpeace’s Brad Smith points out that South Africa could find economic opportunity, becoming the continent's hub for green technologies now more commonly found in North America, Asia and Europe.

ZNRI Embarks on Clean-up Exercise in Harare

The Zimbabwe’s National Revival Initiative (ZNRI), a coalition of churches, NGOs and government has taken a bold stand in which the organisation attempts to get rid of the garbage in Harare.

ZNRI project manager, Aaron Mushoriwa, says that the project aims to keep the environment clean while improving the image of Zimbabwe prior the 2010 World in South Africa.

Director in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Sylvester Maunganidze, argues that the initiative will contribute to the attraction of visitors in Harare.

Sasol Blamed For Climate Change Crimes

Environmental organisations have staged a mock trial, asking petrochemicals group, Sasol to answer for climate change crimes.

Earthlife Africa, which led the protest, says Sasol produces 21 percent of South Africa’s total yearly greenhouse-gas emissions. The organisation argues that Sasol alone emits 75.4 million tons of greenhouse-gases each year.

Earthlife Africa energy policy officer, Tristen Taylor, states that the organisation also wants Sasol to put plans for a new plant in the Waterberg on hold.

Climate Change Hearings, Sasol on Trial

Press Release

7 September 2009

On Thursday the 10th of Sept. 2009, a trial on Sasol's climate change crimes will be held outside of Sasol's Rosebank headquarters (1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg). The trial will begin at 10:00am and end at 2:00pm. Spectators will be pouring in from all across Gauteng and surrounds to witness Sasol being charged and prosecuted for contributing to climate change.

Fossil Fools Day 2009, Sasol to Get An Award

Press Statement

31 March 2009

In the midst of a declining global environment due to rising greenhouse gas emissions, April 1st has become Fossil Fools day. Across the global, activities and companies that contribute significantly to global warming are highlighted. In South Africa, activists from Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and allies will be highlighting the role Sasol plays in warming our planet.


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