Environment

MTV 's Poor Labelling of Eco-Activists

Worldwatch Institute, 23 May 2007.

Zoe Chafe, Research Associate for Worldwatch Institute, is appalled by MTV’s outdated perspective on eco-activism.

Chafe refers to a recent MTC casting call for eco-activists, which profiles environmentalists as angry, in-your-face, adversarial protesters. Although, Chafe respects MTV’s need to produce footage that will be exciting for viewers, she is dumbfounded by MTV’s tired stereotype of eco-activists which consciously ignores  others.

Earthlife Africa JHB: Eskom Begins to Crack over Alcan’s Secret Deal

Press Release

16 May 2007

After weeks of legal pressure and citizens’ protests, Eskom has partially relented and disclosed more details about its deal with Alcan over the long-term selling of electricity. While Eskom’s disclosure is not sufficient for an adequate accounting of the deal with Alcan (and the undisclosed subsidies of that deal), it represents a step in the right direction.

SAT: Submission from CSOs to the PAP on the Proposal for Continental Government

14 May 2007

Gallagher Estate, Midrand, South Africa

Thirty-five African and international civil society organisations working in over forty African countries participated in the first Consultative Dialogue with the Pan Africa Parliament under the theme “Building Effective Mechanisms for Civil Society Engagement with Pan African and Regional Institutions”.

ELA – JHB: Inter-Governmental Panel Affirms ‘Below 2 Degrees’ Target

The statement of the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, following release of the latest report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, fairly reflects the findings and urgency of the challenge we face, but fails to say anything about what South Africa should do. We should already be taking action to limit our emissions growth and planning to stabilise emissions by 2020, i.e. in the third Kyoto Protocol commitment period, in line with a global goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees.

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