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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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Mabola coalition in court again to safeguard Protected Area

Mabola coalition in court again to safeguard Protected Area

16 April 2024

On 16 April 2024 a coalition of environmental justice organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will appear in another High Court hearing in the ongoing nine-year legal battle to prevent coal mining in a Protected Area and Strategic Water Source Area near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. The application, to be heard in the… continued

In the face of the climate emergency, the IRP2023 lacks climate commitment

In the face of the climate emergency, the IRP2023 lacks climate commitment

27 March 2024

The Life After Coal Campaign, a joint environmental justice campaign by  Earthlife Africa (“ELA”), groundWork (“gW”), and the Centre for Environmental Rights (“CER”), along with Black Girls Rising (“BGR”) have submitted comments on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023. The submission highlights fundamental flaws and skepticism in the plans’ ability to ensure cost-effective electricity… continued

Can emitters be held liable for climate change loss and damages?

Can emitters be held liable for climate change loss and damages?

20 March 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has launched a new report that explores liability and accountability of emitters, particularly major greenhouse gas emitting entities in the context of climate change loss and damage. The report is based on the major flooding that took place in KZN in April 2022. The unprecedented rainfall and… continued

Civil society approaches court to challenge go-ahead for Richard's Bay gas-to-power plant 

Civil society approaches court to challenge go-ahead for Richard’s Bay gas-to-power plant 

11 March 2024

IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 11 March 2023 Environmental justice groups groundWork and the South Durban community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), filed a review application in February 2024. The review challenges the Minister’s decision to uphold an environmental authorisation that was granted in November 2022 to the proposed 2000 MW… continued

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