Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb prepares for one of the largest climate marches in Africa

Press Release: Earthlife Africa Jhb prepares for one of the largest climate marches in Africa
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg
Date: 26th November 2015

On Saturday the 28th of November Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, and over a thousand community activists, will descend on Eskom’s regional offices in Braamfontein to protest South Africa’s dirty addiction to coal energy and its subsequent huge carbon footprint. The protest will take place just before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is set to open on Monday in Paris. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg maintains that South Africa, along with other major polluting emerging economies, could play a much more significant role in aiming to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.

Local organisations supporting the Earthlife Johannesburg climate march include: Sisonke Women’s Club, the Inner City Resource Centre, LMCF, Poor People, Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee, Justice & Peace, Soweto Cultural Senior Citizen, Off the Ground Foundation, Serapeng, Gauteng Concerned Community, Soccer Legends, Orange Farm Water Crisis Committee, Sivule Amehlo/SANCO, Kapoko Concerned Residents, Youth Agricultural Ambassador, TSHWARANANG Basadi Co-op, DIVINE GREEN Co-op, Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance, Drieziek Sanco, Norkem Park Residents Committee, Go Green Tembisa Environmental Forum, LIMMEMI Co-op, MASAKHANE Civic Association, Riverside Community, Displaced Rates Payers Association, Kwa-Thema Working Group, Treatment Action Campaign, Poritjie, Thabeng Tsa Mogale, Evaton West Faith Based Organisation and the Sphamandla Community Based Organisation.

Earthlife Africa Jhb will march from the West Gate Taxi Rank in Marshalltown Johannesburg to the Eskom Regional Offices in Smit Street in Braamfontein. The march will begin at 10 am and end at 1 pm on Saturday the 28th of November 2015.

According to Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Dominique Doyle, “ The climate crisis defines the development challenge of our time because it undermines all other efforts to achieve human security and well-being. Slowly the world is coming to terms with the fact that environmental degradation leads to mal development, but in order to make the shift to clean growth we need urgent bold political will”.

For more information, please contact:

Makoma Lekalakala
Senior Programme Officer
Tel: +27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 82 682 9177

Dominique Doyle
Tel: + 27 11 339 3662
Cell: +27 79 331 2028

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