Press Release: South Africa plays dirty at COP 21
Johannesburg, 10 of December 2015, Tomorrow Earthlife Africa Jhb and its partner community organisations will again descend on the Eskom regional offices and the Johannesburg City Council to remind world leaders that coal is not only expensive, but is also the number one cause behind climate change. The march takes place as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 21 is set to close on Friday the 11th of December 2015 in Paris. The last few hours of the COP is the last chance for world leaders to reach a binding agreement on emissions reductions post 2020.
Dominique Doyle, Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Johannesburg argues: “South Africa is not playing the role of a responsible global citizen at the COP 21 negotiations. While South Africa, a struggling economy with millions of impoverished people, is wasting billions of its revenue on mega coal infrastructure; it continues to demand financing from the rich countries to support it’s transition. This position is misplaced in a context where renewables are becoming cheaper than coal and will produce boundless co-benefits for the South African people”.
Earthlife Africa and its partner community organisations will march on the last day of COP 21. The 11th of December 2015. The march will commence from the Eskom Regional Offices at 206 Smit street Braamfontein, move to the Johannesburg City Council located at 154 Loveday Street in Braamfontein, and then return to Eskom regional offices. The march will begin at 9 am for 10am, and end at 1 pm.
“COP 21”, according to Senior Programmes Officer at Earthlife Africa Makoma Lekalakala, “is bound to fail once again. Urgent action must now be taken at the local level. Like with the City of Johannesburg which continues to operate a polluting and deathly coal-fired power station near the centre of the city. The city has an obligation to the global community and its citizens by switching to clean, safe, carbon free renewable energy”.
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