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groundWork (Oilwatch South Africa)

WHAT WILL A POST-FOSSIL FUEL AFRICA LOOK LIKE?

Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 May 2013 – For centuries Africa has been exploited by private corporations for its abundant source of raw materials and as such, has been locked into a system of dirty fossil-fuel extraction.  Despite this being done in the name of development, in most cases, the true environmental and social costs of extractive industries are not accounted for. People are left with wrecked environments, a loss of sustainable livelihoods and subsequent increasing poverty, conflicts over resources, and the negative impacts of climate change.

On Monday 13th May, groundWork/Oilwatch South Africa [1] will host delegates from Oilwatch Africa [2] and South African civil society in a conference titled “Working in Solidarity - Sharing of peoples’ struggles and ideas for a new paradigm on energy”. Speakers at the conference will look at ways of building resistance to the idea that Africa is only a source of fossil fuel-based raw materials and, critically, to create a post-fossil fuel vision owned by the continent’s people [3]. 

Details of the conference are as follows:
Date: Monday, 13 May 2013
Time: 09h45 – 17h30
Venue: 127 New Road, Elijah Barayi, Grand Central Midrand, Johannesburg

A reminder of the event and a list of biographies of the speakers presenting will be emailed out to press on the day.

FOOTNOTES
[1] groundWork is an environmental justice organisation working with community people from around South Africa, and increasingly Southern Africa, on environmental justice and human rights issues focusing on Air Quality, Climate and Energy Justice, Waste and Environmental Health. groundWork is the South African member of Oilwatch and Friends of the Earth International www.groundwork.org.za
[2] Oilwatch Africa is part of Oilwatch International, a resistance network that opposes the activities of oil companies in tropical countries http://www.oilwatchafrica.org/
[3] Please find attached the Oilwatch Africa conference agenda.

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Megan Lewis
Media, Information and Publications Campaigner
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Email: megan@groundwork.org.za

Bobby Peek
Director
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Siziwe Khanyile
Climate and Energy Justice Campaigner
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Email: siziwe@groundwork.org.za