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Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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We are activist lawyers who work with communities and civil society organisations in South Africa to realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice. We seek a just, equitable, compassionate society which is resilient, celebrates diversity, and respects the inter-dependence between people and the environment.

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#CancelCoal coalition demands government cancel plans for new coal-fired power or face court challenge

#CancelCoal coalition demands government cancel plans for new coal-fired power or face court challenge

21 September 2021

A letter of demand from environmental and climate justice groups calls on Minister Mantashe and NERSA to abandon plans to develop 1 500 MW of new coal-fired electricity or face legal action. The development of new coal-fired power is neither rational nor lawful, given the well-documented environmental, social, human health and economic impacts of new coal-powered… continued

Climate change will have “profound adverse mental health implications” for those living  in South Africa

Climate change will have “profound adverse mental health implications” for those living in South Africa

7 September 2021

A new report by community psychology expert, Dr Garret Barnwell, shows that climate change harms are already negatively impacting our mental well-being and these effects will only accelerate in the future, placing today’s youth and future generations in harm’s way. The findings of the report, commissioned by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) for the African Climate Alliance,… continued

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment and gender-based violence

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment and gender-based violence

31 August 2021

As Women’s Month draws to a close, CER reflects on the role that gender-based violence (GBV) plays in preventing gender justice in South Africa and globally, the burden it places on women who are already disproportionately affected by environmental and climate injustice, and the threat it poses to women activists seeking leadership roles. We renew… continued

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