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Zoe Chafe, Research Associate for Worldwatch Institute, is appalled by MTV’s outdated perspective on eco-activism.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.
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.
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”.
Business Day, 15 May 2006.
The top-40 listed companies on the Johannesburg Security Exchange (JSE) will be participating in a carbon disclosure project (CDP) over the next two weeks to determine the impact of business practices on the environment.
Mail & Guardian, 14 May 2007.
Zimbabwe has been elected as head of the Commission on Sustainable Development, the main United Nations inter-governmental body on the environment.
CGD Development Update, 9 May 2007.
Drawing on new Center for Global Development (CGD) data, David Wheeler, presents estimates for damages caused by the world's five biggest power-sector emitters. South African Eskom, the dirtiest company in the world, is causing $18 billion in annual damages.
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.
The Weekender, 8 May 2007.
The local retailer has finally realised the error of his ways and has joined the green revolution following mounting pressure from concerned consumers who demand green products.
Mail & Guardian, 7 May 2007.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) has launched a letter-writing campaign to eBay in European countries asking Internet auction sites to reject sales of animals taken in the wild or any of their parts.