18 November 2016 at 7:00 am
On Tuesday, 22 November 2016, the Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign will launch two seminal research reports in Johannesburg: one highlighting the human rights violations caused by coal mining, and the other presenting a road map for the accelerated transition to a cleaner economy. More details follow in the invitation from CER partners groundWork and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg.
The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign invites you to the release of groundWork‘s 2016 report The Destruction of the Highveld: Part 1 – Digging Coal and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg‘s Renewable Plan A: Fast Track to People’s Power.
Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Venue: The Conference Room at The Observatory, adjacent to The Gender Links Cottages, 30 Gill Street, Observatory, Johannesburg
The Destruction of the Highveld looks at the ways in which environmental injustice is imposed on people but also at how people resist it, and celebrates the resistance of the people of the Highveld. In a context where irresponsible government has buried its head in a discard coal dump, it looks forward to the people leading a debate on life after coal. The report was presented to people in the village of Arbor, Mpumalanga, on 8 November 2016, and in eMalahleni on 9 November 2016. Arbor village is dumped upon by coal dust, and people have been relocated, and had their homes cracked and air and water polluted by the local mines. eMalahleni (previously called Witbank) has been subjected to coal mining and its burden of pollution for more than 120 years.
The devastating impacts of coal-fired power generation will be addressed in Part 2 of groundWork’s Report, Burning Coal, which will be published in 2017.
The Highveld Environmental Justice Network will share the experiences of people on the ground in the Highveld who have been key to the development of this report.
Earthlife Africa JHB will also introduce and share their report Renewable Plan A: Fast Track to People’s Power which speaks to a new energy future without coal.
16:15 Opening comments: Bobby Peek (Director of groundWork), Dominique Doyle (Project Coordinator of Earthlife Africa Jhb)
16:20 David Hallowes and Victor Munnik, authors: Destruction of the Highveld
16:40 Nomcebo Makhubelo (Assistant Coordinator, HEJN, Mpumalanga) and Elizabeth Malibe (resident of Arbor, Mpumalanga and member of HEJN)
17:00 Jerry Nkoati (Nthole Morwalo, Lephalale, Limpopo Province)
17:10 Richard Worthington, Independent Researcher and author: Renewable Plan A: Meeting SA energy needs with renewable energy and moving away from coal towards energy justice and a clean energy future
17:20 Discussions and Questions
RSVP: By Monday, 21 November 2016 to Joan Cameron on 082 459 4626, 011 673.2642 or [email protected]
- Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle is a campaign by the Centre for Environmental Rights, groundWork and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg that aims to discourage investment in new coal-fired power stations and mines, to accelerate the retirement of South Africa’s existing coal infrastructure, and to encourage and enable a just transition to renewable energy systems for the people.
- groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organisation working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste.
- Earthlife Africa’s Johannesburg branch was founded in 1988 to mobilise civil society around environmental issues in relation to people. The organisation has since grown to include branches in Cape Town, eThekwini (formerly Durban) and Tshwane (formerly Pretoria), as well as in Windhoek, Namibia. Branches are autonomous, but linked through the ELA Statement of Belief and common campaign activities. ELA Jhb is a largely volunteer-driven organisation, however, in recent years, funding has been acquired by some branches to staff and facilitate specific campaigns.
- The Highveld Environmental Justice Network is a voluntary association that joins together various non-governmental movements and organisations within the Highveld, Mpumalanga, fighting for people’s right to a clean and healthy environment, in an area that is well-known for its high levels of pollution as a result of the coal and other industries.