groundWork (Friends of the Earth, South Africa)


Durban, South Africa, 06 May 2013 – This Wednesday, groundWork [1], together with the University of KwaZulu Natal [2], will be holding a roundtable to discuss the impacts on environmental and human health from fossil fuel based energy processes [3].

The objective of the roundtable is to bring together health professionals and energy experts to discuss the health implications of our current energy policy and systems in KwaZulu Natal and South Africa; and to develop a position for a healthy energy policy and also to develop a collaborative strategy for mobilizing the health sector on energy and health impacts.

Some of the questions to be discussed are:

This is the second in a series of roundtables, the first having already taken place in Cape Town and the third and last taking place in Johannesburg.

Media are invited to attend this roundtable.

Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2013
Venue: UKZN’s Unite Building, School of Engineering (entry through Gate 8, off Rick Turner Road)
Time: 09h00 – 15h00



[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 Friends of the Earth International
[2] Prof. Rajen Naidoo of the Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health at UKZN and Dr. Stephen Knight of the Discipline of Public Health at UKZN will be part of the panel of experts at the Durban roundtable.
[3] For more information on the related health impacts of coal used in energy production, see attached report put together by Health Care Without Harm and the University of Illinois (April, 2013) Scientific evidence of health effects from coal use in energy generation.

Megan Lewis
Media, Information and Publications Campaigner
Tel (w): 033 342 5662
Mobile: 083 450 5541

Rico Euripidou
Environmental Health Campaigner and Researcher
Tel (w): 033 342 5662
Mobile: 083 519 3008

University of KwaZulu Natal:
Prof. Rajen Naidoo
Head of Occupational and Environmental Health
Tel (w): +27 (0) 31 260 4471