Seminar on nuclear energy as ongoing governance threat
You are invited for Conversation:
Date/time: Tuesday, 12 September, 12:30-2pm
Venue: Mwalimu House, Classroom G, Wits Management Campus, 2 St David’s Place, Parktown, Johannesburg
Topic: Nuclear energy as a persistent threat to governance and environment, locally and globally
Makoma Lekalakala is senior project officer of Earthlife Africa in Johannesburg. She has worked for years as a tireless campaigner for environmental justice, with a focus on energy. Her work has included watchdogging of the Medupi coal-fired power plant, and successful courtroom advocacy against Eskom and the government’s hasty nuclear energy programme.
Vladimir Slivyak is with the Russian environmental organization Ecodefense, and has been an environmental and energy activist since 1989. He was principal organizer for various campaigns in Russia and abroad which succeeded in halting construction of nuclear reactors and international transportation of nuclear waste. He has has been teaching environmental policy in one of Russia’s leading universities – the Higher School of Economics – since 2015. He has provided policy advice to members of parliaments and governments in Russia, Germany and other countries. Vladimir Slivyak has been involved in the campaign against new nuclear reactors in South Africa since 2015.
Kerstin Rudek, of Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg in Germany is a Campaigner with “Don’t nuke the climate.” The Wendland region is famous for decades of protest against high radioactive waste transports, including alternatives for community development and energy generation. It is a 100% renewable energy model region, produced by solar, photovoltaics and wind power. Kerstin has been active against the nuclear lobby for 30 years as a speaker and organiser of demonstrations, events, actions, treks and campaigns.
Chris Williams, of Hancock, Vermont, USA, is a long time sustainable energy policy activist. He is currently Vermont Organizer for the Citizens Awareness Network. For 18 years he was the Executive Director for Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, a not for profit consumer and environmental advocacy organization. He currently serves as board chair of the Nuclear Information and Research Service.
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