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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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The lie of limitless economic progress

The lie of limitless economic progress

13 December 2021

The tension between the state’s duty to protect the environment and its duty to promote economic development often plays out as an unhelpful binary opposition characterised by the idea that if you are for the environment, you must be against development. In fact, this narrative obscures the fact that limitless economic development is incompatible with… continued

Rights and Remedies Class of 2021: “We are ready to take action!”

Rights and Remedies Class of 2021: “We are ready to take action!”

23 November 2021

Last week 15 environmental activists graduated from CER’s annual Environmental Rights and Remedies for Activists training course. Here they reflect on the specific challenges facing women activists in South Africa and the need for human rights defenders to be empowered to act against environmental law violations. Lihle Mbokazi, an environmental activist and human rights defender… continued

No time left: Sasol faces the heat for inadequate climate change commitments at its AGM

No time left: Sasol faces the heat for inadequate climate change commitments at its AGM

19 November 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 NOVEMBER 2021 Environmental groups and shareholder activists once again joined Sasol’s AGM to challenge the fossil fuel giant for its lacklustre climate commitments and inadequate detail in its climate change strategy. Activists protest outside Sasol head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg   Pic: LifeAfterCoal JOHANNESBURG: Civil society organisations and shareholder activists confronted Sasol… continued

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