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Making a charitable donation this tax year? Support climate justice and climate action with a charitable donation 

25 February 2022 at 4:10 pm

Photo: AstroClutter Films
Photo: AstroClutter Films

If you are thinking of making a tax deductible donation to a worthy cause before the end of the tax year, please consider supporting the work of the Centre for Environmental Rights to accelerate climate action and a just transition to a more equal, climate resilient, fossil-free future. 

As we enter the third year of this all-important decade, the need to slow down the pace of greenhouse gas emissions, protect our soil and our water, build climate resilient communities and ensure that our laws support environmental and climate justice and protect Constitutional rights remains crucial. 

This is particularly important in South Africa, which has been identified as a climate change hotspot. Already the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly visible in heatwaves, droughts, floods and other natural disasters, all of which exacerbate the existing social crises of poverty and inequality, already compounded by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In short, while the climate crisis and ecological breakdown continue to accelerate, there is much that we can still do to ensure that our children and grandchildren are able to live healthy lives on this planet. 

Over the past year, we have employed the power of public interest litigation to protect a strategic water source area from a new coal mine, stop new coal power stations from being approved, and launched the landmark #CancelCoal youth-led climate case on behalf of our clients. 

During 2021 we also challenged some of South Africa’s biggest polluters to clean up their act, collaborated with partners to support a fossil free future and built solidarity for the climate justice movement through a landmark free speech judgement and a new online portal for reporting environmental violations. 

Read more about how our work over the last year has supported the growing environmental and climate justice movement in South Africa. 

If this speaks to you, consider supporting our work in whatever way you can. We have an easy-to-use online donations portal, and as a registered public benefit organisation issue Section 18A certificates to donors on request. 

The Centre for Environmental rights is a non-profit organisation of activist lawyers that works 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.