Press Invite to Book Launch Toxic Futures: South Africa in the Crises of Energy, Environment and Capital

Date: Monday, 19 SeptemberTime: 5:30 for 6:00 pm
Venue: Ike's Books and Collectables 48A Florida Road Durban

RSVP: Bobby Peek / Cedric Sissing

The South African government is failing our Nation, Africa and the global poor by continuing its corporate led agenda of ramping up of fossil fuel investments in the name of poverty reduction. This while poverty levels increase, corporate profits grow, and the increasing impacts of climate change hit the poor the hardest.

groundWork [1], Friends of the Earth South Africa will work to expose this agenda at the upcoming United Nations climate negotiations in Durban in November. The launch of Toxic Futures is the first salvo in our campaign. Written by David Hallowes, the book is based on the annual groundWork Reports which examine the state of environmental (in)justice in relation to particular themes.

This is a moment of major and rapid historical change. The global elite – what used to be called the ruling class – are confronted by crises to which they have no credible response. First, the economic and political system presided over by the US is in turbulent decline. Second, within the next few years global oil production will be in decline and, with the 'easy oil' gone, energy production is dirtier than ever. Third, climate change is gathering momentum and is just one aspect of a broader environmental crisis which threatens human survival.

Toxic Futures is about the world brought into being through the collusion of state and corporate power. Maintaining profit has relied on institutionalised fraud on the one hand and a war on the poor and the environment on the other. Resistance is growing at all scales and, however chaotic, constitutes a fourth dimension of the elite crisis.

Toxic Futures locates South Africa in the crises and explores the implications for environmental, social and economic justice. It concludes that another world is inevitable. Whether people allow the political and economic elite to lead them into a world of growing destruction or take charge to create a world of mutual solidarity is the central challenge of the age.

groundWork's other actions planned in the run up to the Climate Change negotiations at the end of the year are:

Download the text of Toxic Futures in pdf

Go to UKZN Press site

Go to Toxic Futures distributors to buy the book

Report from Toxic Futures Launch


Footnotes: [1] groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in South Africa but increasingly in Southern Africa. groundWork seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people in South Africa, and increasingly in Southern Africa, through assisting civil society to have a greater impact on environmental governance.groundWork places particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable and previously disadvantaged people who are most affected by environmental injustices.