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Deadly Air case complainants call for real change in air quality

Deadly Air case complainants call for real change in air quality

8 September 2022

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Environmental groups urge government to ensure rules to clean up air on Mpumalanga Highveld uphold Deadly Air judgment and lead to real change. Applicants in the landmark Deadly Air case welcome progress being made on regulations for implementing and enforcing priority area air quality management plans but are calling on government to ensure that its… continued

Why climate action must include women’s voices

Why climate action must include women’s voices

5 September 2022

Article by Khumo Lesele, originally published by Mail & Guardian. In June, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change released a report on the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change. Drawing on hundreds of peer-reviewed sources from around the world, the report painted a grim picture of how women are already facing significantly elevated risks of… continued

Rights and Remedies Course 2022: Engaging with the Just Transition 

Rights and Remedies Course 2022: Engaging with the Just Transition 

2 September 2022

On 5 September 2022, 15 activists from around South Africa will gather in Cape Town for the Centre for Environmental Rights’ 2022 Rights and Remedies course for environmental justice activists.  This year, the course will focus on enabling activists effectively to participate in the biggest conversation about the future of environmental and climate justice: the… continued

Meet environmental activist Nelly Nkosi

Meet environmental activist Nelly Nkosi

29 August 2022

As a fulltime volunteer for the Khuthala Environmental Care Group and co-founder of the Khuthala Women’s Movement in Mpumalanga, Nelly Nkosi has first-hand experience of the ways that environmental issues affect the lives of South African women. Over the years Nkosi’s work has included everything from helping to run environmental awareness programmes at schools and… continued

MELISSA FOURIE: Karpowership projects risk being another Medupi

MELISSA FOURIE: Karpowership projects risk being another Medupi

11 August 2022

Article by Mellissa Fourie, originally published by Business Day. Karpowership is trying to exploit load-shedding to tie SA into a long-term contract that would be a financial and climate albatross around the country’s neck After news broke on Monday of its unsuccessful appeal against the refusal of environmental approval for its floating gas powerships, Turkish… continued

Plans for new Lephalale coal mine challenged in court over climate impacts

Plans for new Lephalale coal mine challenged in court over climate impacts

1 August 2022

Environmental justice group Earthlife Africa, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), is challenging the environmental authorisation of a proposed new coal mine in Limpopo in light of the serious threats that it poses to the region’s air quality, climate impacts and for dismal consultation with affected communities. On 29 July 2022, environmental justice… continued

Youth speaking to power: Act on climate change now

Youth speaking to power: Act on climate change now

19 July 2022

Original Article by Tatenda Muponde & Khumo Lesele, published by Mail & Guardian It is South Africa’s youth, the children of today, as well as future generations, who will bear the brunt of the poor decisions currently being made by the older generation. And when it comes to climate change impact, make no mistake, these… continued

Community protest as dirty steel giant AMSA fails to clean up

Community protest as dirty steel giant AMSA fails to clean up

9 June 2022

Long-suffering communities in Sharpeville and Bophelong in the Vaal area have gathered outside ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited’s (AMSA’s) main steel plant in Vanderbijlpark today to protest against ongoing pollution, non-compliance with environmental laws, failure to engage meaningfully with fenceline communities and unclear plans to decarbonise AMSA’s operations. The protest follows AMSA’s annual shareholders meeting held… continued

Climate Change Bill: CER calls for public hearings

Climate Change Bill: CER calls for public hearings

6 June 2022

Climate change, and the Climate Change Bill, will profoundly impact all corners of society and the economy, and it is important that all voices are heard in the shaping of this critically important law – especially the voices of youth and of women who are particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change. On 27… continued

CER welcomes two women lawyers as new non-executive directors

CER welcomes two women lawyers as new non-executive directors

3 June 2022

The Board of the Centre for Environmental Rights NPC is pleased to announce the appointment of two experienced and accomplished lawyers, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh and Kerry Williams, as new non-executive directors to the CER Board. “We are honoured to welcome Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh and Kerry Williams to the CER Board,” says CER Executive Director, Melissa Fourie. “Both… continued

Rights & Remedies Course 2022: Call for nominations 

Rights & Remedies Course 2022: Call for nominations 

26 May 2022

The Centre for Environmental Rights is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 6th edition of our annual Environmental Rights & Remedies Course for environmental justice activists. WHEN: 5 – 24 September 2022 WHERE: Cape Town HOW: To apply or nominate someone for this course, download the Call for Nominations form: The… continued

Environmental justice groups launch legal review of Phinda gas to power plant

Environmental justice groups launch legal review of Phinda gas to power plant

23 May 2022

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 May 2022 The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and groundWork, Friends of the Earth South Africa (gW), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), have approached the Pretoria High Court to review and set aside an environmental authorisation granted for Phinda Power’s proposed 320MW gas-to-power plant, proposed for the Richard’s… continued

Activists push dirty steel giant ArcelorMittal SA to stop pollution and accelerate transition to green steel

Activists push dirty steel giant ArcelorMittal SA to stop pollution and accelerate transition to green steel

19 May 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 MAY 2022    ­Today Environmental activist groups the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) and groundWork (gW), supported by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), will attend steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA’s annual shareholders’ meeting to demand detailed plans to decarbonise its operations. The groups will take AMSA to task over ongoing environmental non-compliance and… continued

Environmental justice groups challenge gas plant approval, urge government to heed climate risks of gas

Environmental justice groups challenge gas plant approval, urge government to heed climate risks of gas

11 May 2022

IMMEDIATE RELEASE In light of the serious climate change impacts that the project will have and the absence of any assessment of these impacts, environmental justice groups groundWork (gW) and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) – represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) – are challenging the amendment of an environmental authorisation… continued

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