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Call for Nominations: Environmental Rights & Remedies – a course for activists

8 June 2021 at 9:38 pm

September/October 2021

The Centre for Environmental Rights’ annual Environmental Rights & Remedies Course for environmental justice activists is a key component of CER’s activist support and training work. Developed from demand from our community partners for rights training and building on existing initiatives like groundWork’s Environmental Justice School, the Rights & Remedies Course empowers participants from rural and urban areas who bear the environmental and socio-economic brunt of polluting industries operating close to their homes and places of work.

This is the fifth edition of the Rights & Remedies course. With the theme of our 2021 course, Women and Environmental Justice, we acknowledge that we operate in an environment with a deeply rooted culture of gender inequality. Due to historically gendered divisions of labour, women are heavily dependent on the land as a source of food, and their labour in the domestic realm brings them in close proximity to the damages of climate change and to sources of pollution. This year, in addition to the course’s usual outcomes, we are also intending to build a cohort of empowered and connected women leaders for the climate and environmental justice movement.

The course will continue to focus on practical training outcomes, imparting legal knowledge, and equip participants with the skills necessary to facilitate engagement with government and industry, including the use of statutory remedies (e.g. writing complaint and objection letters, reporting environmental violations, and using access to information laws). The course will include practical sessions on topics ranging from organising stakeholder meetings and media engagement to effective presentation skills and record-keeping. Participants will be issued with stationery, including a laptop computer to assist with their work on environmental justice.

This year the course is going to take place in Johannesburg in September and October (the exact dates will be announced at a later stage). We are inviting nominations of prospective participants to the course from community-based organisations, civil society, and activists in the environmental and climate justice movement.

To apply – or nominate – someone for this course, download the Call for nominations: Environmental Rights and Remedies – a training course for activists. The closing date is 31 July 2021.

For inquiries, please contact Sibongiseni Buyangane, at [email protected]

Please note: In the unlikely event that insufficient funding is available, the course may be postponed until further notice.

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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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