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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

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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

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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 Resistance to the Trump administration’s attacks on immigrants, climate change policy, and economic fairness has been fierce. But alongside these efforts—from

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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

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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

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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

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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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Drought and floods: Take an umbrella if it’s going to rain

Drought and floods: Take an umbrella if it’s going to rain By Jeff Rudin Drought? What drought? All the talk in the second week of June is about floods and fires. Unpleasant memories have a short shelf-life; a reminder is

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Changing our attitude to Climate Change

Responding to potentially catastrophic climate change is a challenge unlike any other in our history. We have the technology to meet this challenge – the barriers are social, political and cultural. So how can we make it happen? Evidence from behaviour

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Million Climate Jobs Meeting 23rd May – Report

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. Approximately 25 participants attended the meeting on 23rd May 2017. This time our main agenda item was a presentation on the just transition by Tasneem Essop.

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Hot domestic water might seem like a luxury one can do without, but in fact it is of great importance for hygiene. For many South Africans using an electric geyser is completely out of reach, because the free basic electricity

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Global climate policy in an uncertain state of flux

Global climate policy in an uncertain state of flux By Martin Khor Global climate change policy is in a state of flux, with all other countries waiting for the United States to decide whether to leave or remain in the

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Waste to Energy

Climate Jobs Meeting 5th May – Report Waste to Energy Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. Approximately 25 participants attended the meeting on 5th May 2017. This time we welcomed Muna Lakhani

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Power to the People: time for energy justice in Africa

Power to the People: time for energy justice in Africa by Kumi Naidoo written for Amandla! Magazine Issue 51. This is a call to action. We should not let a dominant faction in the South African government gamble our future on

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Climate Jobs Meeting 5th May – Agenda

Please join the monthly meeting of the One Million Climate Jobs Campaign on FRIDAY 5th MAY 2017 9.30 to 12.30 @AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) AGENDA Apologies Introductions Waste to energy or wasted energy

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Climate Jobs Meeting 30th March 2017 Report

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. Approximately 35 participants attended the meeting on 30th March 2017. Arising from the February Climate Jobs meeting when it was reported that the Water Minister was

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How to shift from coal-fired power to renewables without job blackouts

Quick roll-out, consumer levies and retraining of staff are key to ensuring green economy benefits all in SA by JOHAN VAN DEN BERG How will we care for our coal workers as we transition to sustainability? They are people with

Media Package: Renewable Energy – Where are the jobs?
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Media Package: Renewable Energy – Where are the jobs?

AIDC has been campaigning for One Million Climate Jobs since 2011. The same year the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REI4P) was introduced. It promotes local manufacturing and local economic development of communities bearing the potential to create

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Renewable energy – benefits for all?

By: Liz McDaid From: Amandla! Issue No.49/50  DECEMBER 2016 Coal, oil and uranium are dirty, polluting, nonrenewable forms of energy. Energy transition is about moving to clean, sustainable, renewable energy like solar, wind, small hydro and biogas. The vision for

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Climate crisis: There is only one way out

Climate crisis: There is only one way out   Climate catastrophe can only be averted if  people around the globe unite in the biggest, broadest, most effective global social movement the world has ever seen First, let’s please just acknowledge there

Just two days before the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, students of the Madiba-a-Toloane High School install 26 120W solar panels on the roof of the school hall. These panels will supply a public viewing area in the hall where 600 people of the rural village of Jericho can watch the World Cup games.

Solar Now Provides Twice As Many Jobs As The Coal Industry

The solar industry is adding jobs much faster than the overall economy, but still makes up just over 1% of the country’s total power supply. Clearly, there’s room for growth. As solar power keeps getting cheaper—and more and more of

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7 Words about water

by Yvette Abrahams from Khoelife A lot of ignorance is going around about Cape Town’s water crisis. I find this strange since this crisis should have been foreseen. I wrote on this since 2009, personally workshopped every province in this country

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Workshop on IRP and access to energy

Workshop on Integrated Resource Planning and access to energy – Outcomes Representatives of organised labour and community-based organisations met for a two-day workshop on 23 and 24 February 2017, convened by the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC). A series

A worker supervises as a truck delivers coal supplies to the coal yard at the Grootvlei power station, operated by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., in Grootvlei, South Africa, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Eskom said South Africa's power supply remains strained as it investigates what caused a silo storing coal to collapse, forcing the state-owned utility to cut electricity to customers. Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

The Coal Truckers, Koko And The Renewable Energy Smoke Screen

To insinuate that the non-renewal of coal trucking contracts with Eskom is because of investment in renewable energy is disingenuous. The truck drivers’ protest on Wednesday last week (1 March) talks to a very legitimate concern about job security in

 
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