• Stop illegal sand harvesting in Mai Mahiu Kenya
    - The Mai Mahiu area is made of loose sand, and some fault lines also exist. If the problem isn't solved, the sand will keep eroding, affecting a few fault lines that end up causing more galleys. This is affecting people's land and eating the ground away. Also, the lorries used to harvest the sand are destroying the roads in the area, causing dust to affect vulnerable people living there, such as children and older people.
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  • Unfulfilled promises endanger hundreds of lives with E. Coli
    Rivers provide water for irrigation, domestic use, industrial use, livestock and wildlife, among other services; without water, there is no life. Clean river water is critical for our survival, sustenance, and a small economy-generating source, especially in South Africa, where job scarcity is a reality. Many informal traders or fisherfolk use our rivers to generate an income by either fishing, watering community vegetable gardens, stone washing or basket weaving from reeds etc. Rivers or dams are also used for recreational purposes and tourism attractions. Over the past two decades, our government has failed to maintain basic infrastructure or apply fundamental bylaws to ensure our freshwater sources remain clean and free from pollution and sewerage. If we don't demand that our government make access to clean water a priority, a fundamental human right, which basic human right will be the next to be degraded, or we also become another death statistic caused by E. Coli infested drinking water??.. Thank you for your support, On behalf of GPAF Durban Volunteers. Sources: MSN >>> https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/durban-mother-dead-scores-sick-with-diarrhoea-as-polluted-tap-water-confirmed/ar-AA10UoZM?ocid=Huawei&appid=hwbrowser&ctype=news Daily Maverick >>> https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-08-22-durbans-r20bn-water-troubles-get-deeper-and-deeper-and-theres-no-easy-solution-in-sight/
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  • Ban All Seismic Survey On SA Coastlines
    - We urge fellow South Africans to unite, help us protect and call on a permanent "BAN" of all seismic explorations on South Africa's coastline. Stop Minister Mantashe and the oil & gas giants from trapping South Africa in the future of harmful non-progressive fossil fuels. - It is a big concern that some areas targeted as blasting spots are among the most extensive, pristine marine environment in South African waters, and include significant and diverse marine habitats that protect endangered species (Coelacanths, Natal shy sharks, African penguin) and are essential environmental services. - The promise of job creation is a fairytale, there are no jobs, and the available jobs are for highly skilled rig operators and workers. - Small-scale fishers whose livelihoods depend on the oceans will be left without their means to make a living. - We need to break free from harmful oil and gas dependency and speed up a just transition to renewable energy. Renewable sources are cost-effective and safe for the environment. - Studies have shown that renewable energy can create about 231 400 jobs up to 2030, which beats the current 120,000 jobs the fossil fuels industry provides for South Africans. Sources: - Photo: David McNew/Getty Images - Mail & Guardian Article >>> https://mg.co.za/opinion/2021-09-01-renewable-energy-can-create-about-231-400-jobs-up-to-2030/ - amaBhungane Article >>>> https://amabhungane.org/stories/220528-the-case-for-gas-is-evaporating/ - Meridian Economics Report >>>> https://meridianeconomics.co.za/our-publications/hot-air-about-gas-an-economic-analysis-of-the-scope-and-role-for-gas-fired-power-generation-in-south-africa/ - Datafree Article >>> https://slrpublicdocs.datafree.co/en/public-documents/TEEPSA-567 - Petroleum Agency SA >>>> https://www.petroleumagencysa.com/index.php/maps
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  • ENGEN SA, give us back our basic Human Right, the right to a healthy environment
    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa released the latest national climate commitment under the Paris Agreement in Nov 2021. South Africa intends to limit GHG emissions to 398-510 MtCO2e by 2025 and 350-420 MtCO2e by 2030. SA’s commitment shifts SA closer to what is needed globally for us to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is generally considered an unsatisfactory offer since the 500 megatonnes currently emitted puts South Africa as the third highest emitter per person per unit of GDP. A much more serious commitment to ending South Africa's addiction to fossil fuels is required. Mr Phuthuma Nhleko, Engen's local Black Economic Empowerment tycoon and President Cyril Ramaphosa's leading business partner (and purchaser of Shanduka empire assets in 2016) – consistently alienated communities that he should be empowering: the black communities of Wentworth and Merebank. Instead, he continues to deprive the communities of the right to an environment that is not detrimental to their health or well-being. Nhleko and the Malaysian (Petronas) owners of Engen Petroleum want to turn the already toxic refinery into a storage facility for fuel and crude oil. Durban activists worry that the residential area will increase approximately 2000 hazardous fuel tankers into Wentworth and Merebank, passing schools, sports fields, hospitals or small family-owned businesses. Instead of a detox, Engen is planning a retoxification instead of detox by introducing far more dangerous chemicals to the area, including methane pollution, despite CH4 being 85 times more potent than a greenhouse gas (GHG). The South Durban communities suffered terribly in terms of health and environmental damage during the April 11-12 and May 21 Rain Bombs. They also dread the likelihood that leakages, pipe bursts and other accidents at fuel oil storage facilities will increase as more storms pound Durban due to climate change, whose primary cause is greenhouse gases such as those from refineries and oil storage sites. Moreover, in addition to health damage, the road infrastructure can also not cope with heavy hazardous tankers driving in and out of the residential area. Mr Nhleko, we ask you to stop trying to kill the communities you are supposed to be empowering. Your toxic fumes from the Engen refinery have been disempowering the black communities for decades. These are breadwinners who are often too sick to go to work, lose their jobs, and suffer the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. You are already a billionaire. For once, choose the community over profit. Do the right thing for the communities you claim to empower in the South Durban Basin area. Compel your majority partner in Kuala Lumpur to decommission the Engen serial-killer refinery and fuel storage facility. Instead, detox the refinery complex and heed the community demands for a just transition, thereby giving hope for a healthier and more productive future for all South Africans and giving the environment a chance to recover after decades of pollution abuse. - Photo Source >>>> Alfonce Martins
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  • SOS Casamance: Forêts et biodiversité en danger !
    - Les reserves de forêts classées sont menacées par la coupe abusive et illégale de bois - L'habitat naturelle de certains espèces est menacé (on ne trouve plus comme avant des hippopotames, des crocodiles et des biches) - La perte d'espaces forestières nous expose au changement climatique - La biodiversité est menacée - L'identité et l'héritage culturel des peuples de la forêt sont menacés
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  • Réaménagement de la chaussée à soa
    Cette action est importante parce-qu'elle: Elle tire la sonnette d’alarme sur un problème environnemental important et permet d’anticiper sur d'éventuelles pertes en vies humaines. Protège l'environnement dans l'optique de rendre la les habitants de soa plus consciente des effets néfastes des déchets plastiques dans l'environnement. Nous sollicitons urgemment votre appui pour que cette situation change
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  • Global Plastic Treaty Now!
    Plastic pollution is a global threat, hurts land and oceans, and profoundly impacts all marine life. Today, 693 marine species are in harm's way by plastic pollution. Plastic waste, which is now omnipresent in the environment, is the result of human activity, which has been active since 1950. Today, we produce 200 times more plastic than we did 70 years ago, and 8 million tons of single-use plastic waste are poured into the ocean. 99% (Ninety-nine per cent) of plastic is the product of chemicals derived from unsuitable, non-renewable sources. Most plastics never really disappear. Instead, they break down into micro-particles that end up being swallowed by fish or farm animals and eventually consumed by humans through their food and tap water. Nevertheless, plastic pollution has grown in popularity, increasing more than 22-fold over the past 50 years. By 2050, the plastics industry could account for 20% of the world's total oil consumption. Plastic pollution could also account for 13% of the global carbon budget. Gall, S. C., & Thompson, R. C. (2015). The impact of debris on marine life. Marine pollution bulletin, 92(1-2), 170-179. https://www.greenpeace.org/africa/fr/les-blogs/14025/la-pollution-plastique-represente-un-reel-danger-pour-nos-oceans-les-chiffres-parlent-deux-memes/
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  • We demand access to a sustainable water source!
    This community has contributed less to climate change, and it is unfair for them to bear the brunt with no assistance whatsoever. Water is a basic human need and right; all living things depend on water for survival.
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  • SAY NO TO FLOATING BOILING KETTLES AND TICKING TIME BOMBS ON OUR SOUTH AFRICAN COASTLINE!!!
    KARPOWERSHIPS are dirty, dangerous and expensive. All 3 Karpowerships will be moored in 3 high biodiversity sensitive areas: Richard's Bay - Northern Kzn, Coega /Nqgura- Eastern Cape and Saldahna Bay- Western Cape. ° Richard's Bay: As already admitted by the DEFF, "A powership would harm the estuarine environment". The DEFF also states, "That it does not support any development in high biodiversity sensitive areas", and yet it's been earmarked. Richard's Bay (with sea temperatures already at lethally high temperatures for some marine species) is of significant importance to the local communities that earn their livelihoods from the Bay and as a nursery area for various marine species, including prawns and crustaceans. The Mhlathuze estuary is considered an estuary of national importance by our government. The Mhlathuze estuary embayment is of national significance due to its size, habitat diversity and nursery function. With the increase of devastating tropical storms and cyclones in the Mozambique channel and memories of tropical cyclone Eloise just a year behind us, we expect tropical cyclone Batsirai to brush past or make landfall on the Northern Kzn coastline this week. What type of impact would a tropical storm or cyclone have on a gas-fired ticking time bomb in Richard's Bay? °Coega/Nqgura- Algoa Bay: Due to its location, this Bay has a complex climate with wide variations in temperatures, rainfall and wind and is subjected to solid winds almost the entire year. The Coega/Nqgura port has an abundant and wide diversity of Fisheries species. It is a critical area as nurseries for various marine species (crustaceans, molluscs, etc.). But it is also a nesting area for many coastal seabirds, and for those seabirds on a migratory route towards Madagascar, the only Bay with nesting islands they can use for breeding. The area is a breeding area for African penguins, currently listed as Endangered on IUCN Red List. Humpback Dolphins (also listed as Endangered on IUCN Red List) use Algoa Bay (Coega/Nqgura) to nurse their calves. The Southern Right Whale (Baleen whale) give birth and nurse their calves in the Bay's shallow waters. The Bay is rich in biodiversity through which small-scale fisherfolk can support their families as their forebears had supported previous generations. The small-scale fisherfolk have an intimate relationship with the ocean, just like their forebears. ° Saldanha Bay: Saldanha Bay is a natural harbour on the South African west coast. It includes part of southern St Helena, stretches to the Langebaan Lagoon, and is the only food source and livelihood for many small-scale fisherfolks. It is also currently part of the critical Baseline Benthic Survey which has already commenced in Saldanha Bay, 'The Cold Water Reef '. Langebaan reef is the most shallow cold-water reef globally and has an ancient oyster fossil reef. The Malgas island at the entrance to Saldahna Bay was declared a Marine Protected Area in 2000. Saldanha is linked to the Benguela upwelling system and has recorded taxa of over 100 zooplankton alone. The Saldanha Bay is also rich in biodiversity. KARPOWERSHIPS are gas-fired power ships that burn fossil gas daily, generating significant volumes of methane-rich greenhouse gas. At the same time, smaller volumes of Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide also enter the environment. This toxic pollution will harm our high biodiversity sensitive areas, the very same areas that the DEFF claims to protect. The burning of fossil fuels, fossil gas included, drives climate change. We are already in a climate emergency, and we have to act NOW before it's too late. We are already feeling the effects of climate change: We are experiencing extreme weather, more droughts, more floods and more tropical cyclones, which have claimed the lives of hundreds this past decade and have left hundreds of thousands displaced and impoverished. When do we start to value human lives over corporate profit? KARPOWERSHIP SA has made promises of job opportunities, which is probably more frightening: the last thing that we need is a ticking gas-fired time bomb and unskilled employees in an already highly compromised environment. The offers (3 Karpowerships promised 1000 jobs to South African citizens) are for highly skilled artisans. They would likely be sourced from abroad as the skills required to work on gas-fired power ships aren't readily available in South Africa. As South Africans are trying to recover from endless corruption scandals and State Capture, we can not afford to be bullied into dirty and expensive energy for the next 20 years, costing us, the taxpayers, over R10.9 billion annually, especially since cheaper, greener emergency alternatives are already available using wind and solar to harness energy. The answer is simple; it's the best and most immediate solution... A JUST TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. We need a systematic change that puts PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT. Sources: https://lifeaftercoal.org.za/media/proposed-gas-power-plant-in-richards-bay-has-been-refused-environmental-and-water-approvals https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/companies/karpowership-sa-projects-get-legal-go-ahead-from-high-court-718bd6c0-614d-463b-87bc-24597f5c8a98 https://www.iol.co.za/news/richards-bay-school-children-and-residents-rushed-to-hospital-after-unknown-gas-leak-causes-vomiting-nausea-and-breathing-difficulties-7d3fbae6-c3ff-4711-b9bf-b1b7f14ad6af
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  • Without water there is no life.Clean Water Now!
    Water is a fundamental human right; affected Eastern Cape residents want their water restored permanently without paying for water from water tankers, walking long distances, or boiling dirty water for drinking and cooking, which imposes health hazards. Having their water supply repaired will give the community members, residents, businesses, schools, universities and their students the dignity to complete their day to day tasks. Public bathrooms could be re-opened and give them the pride of being able to wash hands, bathe and keep their town clean. According to the United Nations, the people of Butterworth and surrounding areas have been fighting for years to access safe drinking water, a human right. (https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/64/292). For five years, their calls have gone unanswered, and it's now up to us - a global community who will not stand for injustice - to speak up. Sign this petition and add your voice to those of the vulnerable waterless communities of the Eastern Cape. Access to clean water is a constitutional right. Please sign this petition to protect your fundamental global human right. Additional Information : Picture source: Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik 2015 - 16 August 2016 | By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik https://www.groundup.org.za/article/taps-run-dry-drought-stricken-butterworth/ 2019 –14 November 2019 | By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik https://www.groundup.org.za/article/dams-empty-eastern-cape/ MEDIA STATEMENT DWS rolls up its sleeves to bring permanent solutions to Butterworth water challenges 05 August 2021 >>> https://bit.ly/3AP8nFE
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  • Dumping Toxic Chemicals in our Ocean, St Helena Bay 2022
    Our Town St Helena Bay is totally dependant on our fishing industry, if the chemicals destroy our fish, we would be crippled as a community and our local economy destroyed. We dont have the knowledge and the correct-info to deal with the issues please help us.
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  • Remove Gwede Mantashe and Barbara Creecy
    It is time for the People of South Africa to make their voice heard in the incompetencies and bad governance we are experiencing, we can no longer stay quiet while our natural resources are sold to the highest bidder, our environment is destroyed and our animals decimated by bad and incompetent decision makers.
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