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Johannesburg, 10 November 2017 – The United Nations Climate negotiations currently underway in Bonn, Germany, have the nuclear industry and lobbyists pushing for nuclear energy as a solution to climate change. Earthlife Africa-Jhb calls on all governments to take a bold stand, guided by science and economics, against nuclear energy as it is not a climate solution.
Earthlife Africa-Jhb, supported by Greenpeace Africa and other partner organisations will be marching in Johannesburg on Saturday 11 November 2017, for the global day of action on climate change at the midpoint of the climate negotiations. The key demand is for the South African government to abandon their plans to build new nuclear reactors given the exorbitant cost to the economy and the environment.
Nomalizo Xhoma, Earthlife Africa’s programme officer said:
“Nuclear is a false solution that will lock us into a future shaped by the degradation of our environment and a shame to our economy. Human activities are causing climate change and recent climate events demands that there is global action. The negotiations in Bonn need to come up with solutions that can deal with the catastrophe now. Climate change must not only be dealt with annually at an international meeting. We are all affected by climate change, it does not discriminate.”
“Nuclear is never safe, and all International experience has shown that nuclear never delivers on time or on budget. Corruption and vested interests are the only things still driving the nuclear agenda in South Africa, rational decision-making would mean that nuclear would not even be under consideration in South Africa. Greenpeace believes that it is crystal clear that renewable energy is the cheapest and best option for South Africa. We call on the South African government to step away from nuclear”, added Penny-Jane Cooke, campaigner at Greenpeace Africa.
Earthlife Africa-Jhb is calling on South Africans to join the march against climate change and against nuclear energy. The march will start at 10:00am from the Westgate Taxi Rank in Johannesburg. The route will go past the banks who are funding climate change pollution, namely, Standard bank on Pixley ka Seme (Sauer) street and Nedbank on Rissik and Albertina Sisulu street. The march will end at 13:00 at the Eskom Regional Office at 204 Smit Street in Braamfontein.
Nomalizo Xhoma, Program Officer, Cell: +27 76 246 0352, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thabo Sibeko, Education Officer, Cell: +27 83 358 9182, email: email@example.com
Lerato Ngakane, Communications Officer Greenpeace, Cell: 082 614 2676, email: Lngakane@greenpace.org