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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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Celebrating a major climate victory: Court sets aside approval for Thabametsi coal power plant

Celebrating a major climate victory: Court sets aside approval for Thabametsi coal power plant

1 December 2020

Last week, the High Court in Pretoria set aside the environmental approval for the 1200 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station that would have been built in its first phase at 557 MW outside Lephalale in Limpopo province. The court order was the result of the settlement of a court application brought by environmental justice groups Earthlife Africa and groundWork, Friends of the… continued

15 more activists graduate from the virtual 2020 Environmental Rights & Remedies Course for Activists

15 more activists graduate from the virtual 2020 Environmental Rights & Remedies Course for Activists

27 November 2020

On Friday, the Centre for Environmental Rights hosted a virtual graduation ceremony for the 15 community activists who successfully completed our 2020 Environmental Rights & Remedies Course for Activists. The ceremony was attended by CER attorneys and staff, and the keynote address delivered by internationally recognised local environmental justice activist Makoma Lekalakala, director of Earthlife… continued

More tough questions for climate rogue Sasol at its AGM on Friday 

More tough questions for climate rogue Sasol at its AGM on Friday 

20 November 2020

On Friday, 20 November 2020, activists and lawyers from the Life After Coal campaign will participate in the virtual Annual General Meeting of Sasol Limited. They will be joining community and civil society organisations and activists from South Africa and Mozambique, all of whom have acquired shares in Sasol and therefore attend as shareholders, to ask pertinent questions of Sasol’s board and management. The Life After Coal… continued

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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