Earthlife Africa Jhb targets 2015 climate march at destructive coal

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb targets 2015 climate march at destructive coal
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg
Date: 24th November 2015

Although climate activists have been denied the right to protest in the streets of Paris at the fast approaching United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21); local activists in South Africa are ready to stand up for the cause. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and her partner community organisations, will, as they have done for the past 10 years, hit the streets of Johannesburg to protest against the impending climate disaster and the unwillingness of world governments to do anything about it.

Earthlife Africa Jhb will march together with other Community Based Organisations, Non Governmental Organisations and social movements on Saturday the 28th of November 2015. The march will begin at 10 am at the West Gate Taxi Rank in Marshalltown Johannesburg and will end at 1 pm at the Eskom Regional Offices in Smit Street in Braamfontein.

Earthlife Africa Jhb’s 2015 climate march demands that the South African Government reduces its local emissions drastically and immediately in order to play its fair share in global climate change mitigation.

But more importantly, Earthlife Africa Jhb’s climate march culminates its long standing campaign against South Africa’s addiction to coal-fired electricity generation, and the associated coal climate criminals. According to Dominique Doyle, Earthlife Africa Jhb’s Energy Policy Officer: “Eskom and Sasol alone have earned South Africa the title of being the 13th highest emitter of greenhouse gas in the world, and the highest in Africa. A title which has brought the vast majority neither development nor wealth”.

Eskom and Sasol are not the only entities in South Africa hastily eating away at the African carbon budget, which with careful management could maintain a global warming below two degrees Celsius. The Department of Energy has grand plans to increase global climate change through transforming the idyllic and culturally important Waterberg into an energy hub with increased coal mining, more coal-fired power stations and coal fracking. Like hyenas after the kill, transnational coal companies are lining up to disembowel South Africa of one it’s last remaining natural gems.

The conditions of Johannesburg, and indeed South Africa, over the past few weeks should spur everyone into taking action about climate change. Senior Programmes Officer at Earthlife Africa Jhb, Makoma Lekalakala, further explains: “Recently we have seen severe drought resulting in water shortage, crop loss, food price increase, raging fire, risk to human health and massive damage to the economy. This is just what was reported on. When the rains came, they came with vengeance, leading to hail and destruction, further crop loss and further economic damage. How much more will it take for the public and for government to act on climate change?”. “ We seek action, for ourselves, and for the generations of Africans to come”.

For more information, please contact:

Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Programme Officer
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 82 682 9177
Email: makoma@earthlife.org.za
Website: www.earthlife.org.za

Lerato Maragele
Programme Officer
Tel: + 27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 72 157 2155
Email: lerato@earthlife.org.za
Website: www.earthlife.org.za

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