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Cape Town’s #WaterCrisis: What does the future hold? Climate Jobs Monthly Meeting Report [16/11/2017]

The latest Climate Jobs Monthly meeting was held on the 16 Nov 2017. This meeting was held in the context of the Western Cape’s severe water crisis and therefore an agenda was set with a special focus on water. After two


Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting – Agenda

One Million Climate Jobs Campaign THURSDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2017 9.30 to 12.30 AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) AGENDA Apologies Introductions THREAT TO THE POOR: Water’s National Norms and Standards – Marthán Theart (CER) CAPE TOWN’S


A just transition from climate change and unemployment – a trade union perspective

A just transition from climate change and unemployment – a trade union perspective By Joseph Mathunjwa  | 7 November 2017 The Alternative Information & Development Centre’s (AIDC) latest research – One Million Climate Jobs – Moving South Africa forward on


Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016 By Matt McGrath Emissions from human activities have leveled off but concentrations in the atmosphere continue to grow Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016,


New Climate Jobs Booklet (2017)

It is important for South Africa to transition away from the Mineral Energy Complex to a low carbon economy which meets the basic needs of communities are met in an equitable, sustainable and affordable way. Since 2011, a number of developments


Political obstacles to a mass renewable energy programme

Political obstacles to a mass renewable energy Programme At the latest One Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting, Mark Swilling’s spoke on the political obstacles to a mass renewable energy programme at the AIDC on the 12 October 2017. Here are


Cost of health and water impacts of coal still missing from energy plans

Cost of health and water impacts of coal still missing from energy plans by Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) | May 2017 The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign,[1] together with Greenpeace Africa, welcome the rigorous research undertaken by the energy unit of the Council


Fighting for Climate Justice

Fighting for Climate Justice by Phil Hearse Lies, damn lies and statistics, right? Well not always – sometimes statistics dramatise social reality in a graphic way. A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report


South Africa’s coal sector: energy security, ownership, and climate change

South Africa’s coal sector: energy security, ownership, and climate change By: Jesse Burton | Amandla Magazine Issue 49/50 | December 2016 South Africa’s coal sector depends on demand from Eskom, the largest user of coal in the country. For Eskom, cheap


Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment  

Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment Sean Sweeney | Amandla Magazine Issue 52 | May 2017  So the story goes like this: Eskom announces the early closure of five coal-fired electricity plants, beginning


Watch: Animated Short Film about Climate Change

“Climate change, climate change, climate change – Everyone is talking about climate change”.  It´s a big and complicated issue.  Nevertheless everyone should understand, what climate change is about. This animated cartoon gives a short and clear explanation. The film also


Million Climate Jobs Meeting 4th August – Report

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. Approximately 15 participants attended the meeting on 4th August 2017. Unfortunately our main speaker, Frank Spencer, fell ill, therefore we screened a documentary instead. “Breakthrough in


Renewable energy is the answer

Renewable energy is the answer By Richard Worthington | Amandla 43 | December 2015 Renewable energy development is increasingly recognised (by mainstream institutions and people at large) as the most promising and urgent priority to solve three key energy questions:


Public transportation systems: Going beyond the budget constraints

S.A. Public Transportation Systems: Going beyond the budget constraints by Erwan Malary | 10 August 2017 More than 20 years after the end of the Apartheid regime, most of South African cities are still highly segregated; the Urban Areas Act


Minerals extraction more harmful than Guptas

Minerals extraction more harmful than Guptas By Richard Worthington | Amandla Magazine Issue 53 | July 2017 Zupta is not the crisis, but a symptom of the crisis. This formulation borrows from Naomi Klein referring to Donald Trump in an


Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting – Agenda

One Million Climate Jobs Campaign FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017 9.30 to 12.30 AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) AGENDA Apologies Introductions Small scale Renewable Energy for universal provision of cheap electricity – Frank Spencer (CONCO


Small scale renewable energy for universal provision of cheap energy

The next One Million Climate jobs meeting date has been set! The new date will be Friday 4 August, as usual 9:30 at AIDC´s. We have invited Frank Spencer to introduce the topic: “Small scale renewable energy for universal provision of


What Cape Town can learn from Windhoek on surviving droughts

From: The Conversation By: Dian Spear, Southern Africa lead, Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions, University of Cape Town Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years. Shutterstock Human population growth, urbanisation, and climate change are all changing


Our Best Shot at Meeting Paris Goals? Make Energy Public

A new report finds public ownership is the best way for cities and towns to meet renewable energy and efficiency targets. By: Sarah van Gelder From: YES! Magazine Mayors across the country have vowed to deliver on the goals of


How We Can Transition To A “Bottom Up” Economy

Three ways to rewire the economy for equality and ecological sustainability. By Chuck Collins Originally published in YES! Magazzine   YES! Illustration by Jennifer Luxton. Resistance to the Trump administration’s attacks on immigrants, climate change policy, and economic fairness has


A Resistance Movement for the Planet

Climate change is out of control. It is already too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather. But the financial structure of capitalism is tied to fossil fuels. Market-based solutions are ineffectual. John Bellamy Foster, a professor


Is the Cape High Court judgement a fatal blow to South Africa’s nuclear pretentions?

On 26 April 2017, coincidentally the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the Cape High Court presented its judgement on the case brought by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern Africa Faith-Communities’ Environmental Institute. The two NGOs were challenging how


The World at 1°C — Positive Energy

From: Demand Climate Justice Demand Climate Justice writes about the climate crisis and resistance on a monthly base. This is the third episode of a series on essential climate justice. The first and second episode can be found on the


Growing food in the post-truth era

Growing food in the post-truth era by Alana Mann | The Conversation, June 29, 2017 Agribusiness giants cause food insecurity and environmental degradation, while promoting the myth that industrial agriculture can feed the world better than small-scale, family farms. This article is part of

 
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