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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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Rights & Remedies Course 2022: Call for nominations 

Rights & Remedies Course 2022: Call for nominations 

26 May 2022

The Centre for Environmental Rights is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 6th edition of our annual Environmental Rights & Remedies Course for environmental justice activists.  WHEN: 5 – 24 September 2022  WHERE: Cape Town  HOW: To apply or nominate someone for this course, download the Call for Nominations form: The… continued

Environmental justice groups launch legal review of Phinda gas to power plant

Environmental justice groups launch legal review of Phinda gas to power plant

23 May 2022

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 May 2022 The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and groundWork, Friends of the Earth South Africa (gW), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), have approached the Pretoria High Court to review and set aside an environmental authorisation granted for Phinda Power’s proposed 320MW gas-to-power plant, proposed for the Richard’s… continued

Activists push dirty steel giant ArcelorMittal SA to stop pollution and accelerate transition to green steel

Activists push dirty steel giant ArcelorMittal SA to stop pollution and accelerate transition to green steel

19 May 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 MAY 2022    ­Today Environmental activist groups the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) and groundWork (gW), supported by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will attend steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA’s annual shareholders’ meeting to demand detailed plans to decarbonise its operations. The groups will take AMSA to task over ongoing environmental non-compliance and… continued

Environmental justice groups challenge gas plant approval, urge government to heed climate risks of gas

Environmental justice groups challenge gas plant approval, urge government to heed climate risks of gas

11 May 2022

IMMEDIATE RELEASE In light of the serious climate change impacts that the project will have and the absence of any assessment of these impacts, environmental justice groups groundWork (gW) and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) – represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) – are challenging the amendment of an environmental authorisation… continued

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