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Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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We are activist lawyers who defend the right of communities and civil society organisations to an environment not harmful to health or wellbeing for present and future generations. Through litigation, advocacy and activist support and training, we seek to advance our vision of a more equal society, free of fossil fuels, in which environmental and climate justice is realised and all people and the planet flourish.

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Rights & Remedies 2022: "This course has multiplied our power"

Rights & Remedies 2022: “This course has multiplied our power”

6 October 2022

On Friday 23 September, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) hosted the graduation ceremony of the 6th edition of our annual Environmental Rights and Remedies Course for environmental justice activists. After two years of hosting the course virtually due to Covid-19, the CER welcomed 14 environmental justice activists from across the country to participate in… continued

Why gas is dirty and dangerous?

Why gas is dirty and dangerous?

4 October 2022

A new factsheet on the harms of gas brings together global scientific evidence and expert local research to show why investing in gas as an energy source in South Africa is unnecessary, economically risky and comes with a number of public health and climate change threats. Over the last 18 months there has been an… continued

Gas power plans for Eskom not the solution to electricity crisis

Gas power plans for Eskom not the solution to electricity crisis

21 September 2022

According to a broad coalition of environmental and climate justice groups, government’s current plans to procure an additional 3000 megawatts of new gas power are vague, unnecessary and threaten the Constitutional rights of people living in South Africa. Environmental and climate justice groups groundWork, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Natural Justice and the… continued

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