Alert: Civil society marches on Pollution Profiteers

Johannesburg, 16 July 2013 – Civil society organisations are going to answer Earthilfe Africa’s call for action on Tue, 6 August 2013. Activists are going to confront Anglo American with the dirty truths of its planned coal-fired power station in the Lephalale area in Limpopo Province. Participants are going to raise concerns about yet another coal-fired power station to be built further contributing to global climate change and threating local communities. The march is going to start at 9:00am from Pieter Roos Park. Check the issues:

  • Why would Anglo American not consider clean and safe energy alternatives?
    Anglo American is seeking to get rich off contributing to global warming and climate change.
  • Is building another coal-fired power station the only way?
    Coal is a no-go for Anglo American. Anglo American could build clean, safe solar and wind plants that would benefit the local renewable industry and create jobs.
  • Why does Anglo American want to contribute to air pollution?
    Burning coal pollutes the air with small particles, sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, other heavy metals, acid gases, hydrocarbons and varying levels of uranium and thorium in fly ash – all with known negative impacts on human health.
  • Where will the residues from burning the coal be dumped?
    This coal-fired power station will produce 6800 tonnes of ash per day which need to be disposed somewhere – impacting human health.
  • Why building another coal-fired power station in the Lephalale area?
    There are already two power stations threating local communities and the environment.
  • Where does the plant’s water come from?
    Water is already scarce in the Lephalale area. Water consumption by three power plants will be competing with local communities and towns.

Civil society will not tolerate yet another South African contribution to climate change and the threat it poses to communities!

Leading up to the march on Anglo American on August 6, Earthlife Africa Jhb picketed at the corner of Main and Ferreira Roads in central Johannesburg. Check out some coverage of the pickets on July 18, July 25 and August 1.

Information about the march:

When:   9am – 1pm
Where:  Gather at Peter Roos Park, Corner Empire Rd & Joubert St, Johannesburg

For more details, please contact:

Makoma Lekalakala
Programme Officer, Earthlife Africa Jhb
Cell: +27 82 682 9177

Tristen Taylor
Project Coordinator, Earthlife Africa Jhb
Cell: +27 84 250 2434

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Map of the meeting point:

Corner Empire Rd and Joubert St, Johannesburg

Corner Empire Rd and Joubert St, Johannesburg

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