Broken Promises: The failure of South Africa's priority areas for air pollution - time for action.

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The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), in collaboration with groundWork and the Highveld Environmental Justice Network (HEJN), launched a new report on 02 Octover 2017, entitled Broken Promises: the Failure of the Highveld Priority Area, exposing the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)’s failing air pollution governance system – with a particular focus on the Mpumalanga Highveld. The report sets out urgent steps that should be taken by various authorities to improve the severe air pollution in several parts of South Africa, particularly in those parts which are supposed to be the priority areas aimed at reducing air pollution.

Download the full report here.

Download the Executive Summary here.

Shell: Don't Frack the Karoo

This report, written in August 2014, was commissioned by groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa), Southern Cape Land Committee and Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) as preparation for a fact-finding mission of Milieudefensie en Stichting Schaliegasvrij Nederland to the Karoo area.

The report is also available to download in Afrikaans, here.

Slow Poison: Air Pollution, Public Health and Failing Governance

A story of air pollution and political failure to protect South Africans from pollution, June 2014.

This report is produced as we pass the twenty-year mark of democracy. It shows how our democracy has failed to protect people from corporate pollution and how government's failure to deliver clean energy to people results in them relying on dirty fuels.

Unpacking Climate Change: Background Notes to the Catastrophe.

Reading about climate change can be confusing because there is a lot of jargon and it is not always clear what people are saying. This short guide is intended to let people know what is happening and to make the debate more accessible.

This booklet makes a companion piece to groundWork's 'Position
paper on Climate and Energy Justice'.

Toxic Futures: South Africa in the Crises of Energy, Environment and Capital.

There are three ways in which environmental injustice is imposed on people.

In the first place, people are polluted, their environments are degraded and they are coerced into working for less than it costs them to live.

In the second place, people are dispossessed and common resources or public goods are privatised.

Thirdly, people are excluded from the political and economic decisions that lead to their being polluted or dispossessed.

The institutions of the market are specifically designed to remove decision making from the public sphere and so exclude all who do not have an interest in profit. Thus, those who are dispossessed or who carry the externalised costs of production are prevented from contesting the theft or contamination of their resources.

Cover of 'Bankrolling Climate Change

Bankrolling Climate change: A Look into the Portfolios of the World's Largest Banks, a report published by urgewald, groundWork, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and BankTrack.

Do we know who is financing the dirty energy investments that are heating up the globe? Until now, little was known about banks' role and responsibility for global warming. While most large commercial banks provide figures on their annual investments into renewable energy, they neither track nor publish their annual investments into fossil fuel projects. Many banks have made farreaching statements on climate, but are they putting their money where their mouth is?

This study presents new research on the portfolios of 93 of the world's leading banks. It examines their lending for the coal industry, the prime source of global CO2 emissions. It provides the first comprehensive climate ranking for financial institutions and identifies the top "climate killers" in the banking world.

By naming and shaming these banks, we hope to set the stage for a race to the top, where banks compete with each other to clean up their portfolios and stop financing investments which are pushing our climate over the brink. We want banks to act and we want them to act now.

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World Bank and Eskom: Banking on Climate Destruction 2009

Banks funding fossil fuel development is not a new debate. Organisations have been challenging this for more than a decade now. During this period of intense and urgent negotiations on a new 'climate deal' loans such as this that favour the present carbon intensive development paradigm for corporate profit are a clear indication to the public that the World Bank and governments of the world in general are not honest in their attempts to deal with the real global crisis, our dependence on fossil fuels.