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Standing for Social and Environmental Justice.

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Civil Society Wins Part B Court Case Against Shell Seismic Survey In The Wild Coast

The victory included that Shell must pay the legal fees of the applicants. Therefore, we do not need further donations against Shell. We are opposing other offshore oil and gas projects. SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT

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Oppose Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration

Various companies like Shell are currently starting exploration for oil and gas. Seismic surveys are part of exploring for oil and gas. Oil companies use them to search beneath the ocean for oil and gas. The Green Connection opposes seismic surveys due to their impact on the ocean environment and on the lives of all those who depend on the marine life of the sea for their livelihoods. Shell has tried to carry out seismic surveys along the biodiversity-rich wild coast, where many coastal communities depend on the ocean for their livelihoods.


Shell is not the only company that is planning to explore for oil and gas under the seabed. Legal action interdicted Searcher from starting their seismic survey on the west coast. We are also opposing TOSACO, AZINAM on the west coast, TEEPSA, TEPSA, CGG on the south east coast who are in various stages of trying to get permits for exploration linked activities and seismic surveys (view offshore oil and gas map below). 

As part of the Who Stole Our Oceans Campaign, The Green Connection, together with other civil society organizations (Masifundise, SDCEA, Oceans Not Oil, Sustaining The Wild Coast, Protect The West Coast, Eastern Cape Environmental Network, 350Africa.org, The Bigai Fishing & Environmental Society Knysna, Extinction Rebellion, Natural Justice, Amadiba Crisis Committee, Kobush Development Association, Coastal Links, Coastal Justice Network, African Climate Alliance, SAFCEI,  and others) are opposing activities that are aimed at finding and exploiting fossil fuels under the seabed, including seismic surveys. We encourage those who would be environmental defenders to make yourselves aware and take action.

Making Sustainable Development A Reality

The Green Connection strives to have a voice in decision making processes related to social and environmental justice in Africa. Additionally, to develop understanding and awareness about different aspects of sustainable development. An environmental and social justice campaign was launched in 2020, in a bid to protect our oceans for future generations, with a particular emphasis on opposing offshore oil and gas exploration.  The history of oil extract in Africa is one of greed, complicity, destruction of livelihoods and natural habitat, and human rights violations. This is perfectly illustrated by the Nigerian military government’s targeting of the Ogoni people, who were protesting the devastating environmental degradation caused by the Shell Petroleum Company’s oil pollution.

Making sustainable development a reality...

Our Focus Areas

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Involved in various initiatives, for example, to improve energy-efficiency in South Africa from supporting renewable energy to providing fuel-efficient stoves.

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Community Empowerment

Dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through workshops and community outreach, to make our way of life more sustainable.

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Resource Advocacy


Empowerment of young activists, and women in particular, to intervene in the policy and legislative space, so that decision-making processes are strengthened to ensure effective implementation of governance in the natural environment, conservation and environmental justice spheres.

Past Events

Gas Amendment Bill Public Hearings Protest In Saldanha

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Bukela NgesiXhosa

Kyk in Afrikaans

International Oceans Tribunal

Harbour Protest

Against Offshore Oil And Gas Exploration Projects

Legacy Workshop

Aspiring Activists Attended Third Advocacy Workshop

Shell Protest

Against Shell Seismic Surveys In The Wild Coast

Searcher Protest

Outside Cape Town High Court, Against Seismic Surveys In The West Coast


Preventing Burnout: Strategies and Tips For Activists

Koeksister Workshop

Koeksister Project Workshop In Saldanha Bay

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If you have a passion for environmental justice and would like to assist with our programmes and empowerment initiatives, please get in touch!

About The Green Connection

The Green Connection was established in 2000. In 2021 the civil society organisation was restructured to be a NPC with a board of directors and it retains it’s section 18A tax benefit status. Some of the specific areas we work in are Sustainable Development, Climate Change & Renewable Energy, Educational Resources & Translation, Community Development, Empowerment in Environmental Sustainability, and Empowering Effective Environmental Impact Assessments.