Climate Justice & Nuclear Power in South Africa


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Join NIRS and US CAN for a briefing and discussion about “Climate Justice and Nuclear Power in South Africa,” with climate justice leaders Makoma Lekalakala, Director of Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, Eco-Justice Lead of SAFCEI (South African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute).South Africa is facing some of the most immediate impacts of climate change, including years of extreme droughts requiring severe water rationing in Cape Town and a looming “Day Zero” in 2019, when the city of nearly 4 million is expected to run out of drinking water. But last year, South Africa’s environmental movement inspired the world with historic victories for climate and environmental justice.

Earthlife and SAFCEI led a coalition that stopped one of the largest nuclear power projects in the world last year, exposing a corrupt deal between the Zuma government and Russian state energy company Rosatom over. Earthlife Africa has also led grassroots and legal actions against the 1,200 MW Thabametsi coal plant, which included winning the first successful climate change lawsuit in South Africa. Earthlife and SAFCEI’s leadership in building a powerful grassroots climate justice movement has pressured the new government to revive South Africa’s renewable energy programs, with $4.7 billion for 27 long-delayed solar and wind projects signed last month.

Makoma Lekalakala (Director, Earthlife Africa) and Liz McDaid (Eco-Justice Lead, SAFCEI) are at the center of South Africa’s inspiring climate justice movement. Please join us to find out more about their work and the struggle in South Africa.
Light vegetarian/vegan lunch will be served.

Hosted by Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and U.S. Climate Action Network (US CAN)

Please remember to bring picture ID.

Location

National Wildlife Federation
1200 G St., NW, Suite 301
Washington DC 20005

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