From 3-10 February 2023, The Green Connection and small-scale fishers from the West and East Coasts of South Africa travelled to Paris France – in an effort to make the French people (and other Europeans) aware that South African coastal livelihoods are under threat from the environmental impacts of offshore oil and gas exploration.
With several offshore oil and gas exploration projects in the works and in the pipeline, The Green Connection continues to raise awareness about negative impacts that oil and gas extraction could have for coastal communities in South Africa.
The Green Connection Legacy Programme 2022 Award Ceremony was held on October 18 this year, with 13 young Legacy comrades receiving their award certificates for successful completion of the programme.
In a bid to combat water pollution in the Garden Route, late in March 2021, activists with The Green Connection’s Legacy Programme – in collaboration with Oceans Alive – started their Waste Management project in Knysna.
In November, COP27 sees world leaders and other important decision-makers meet to discuss global efforts to address the climate crisis. Recent press reports have revealed that the country is the world’s 13th biggest source of climate-warming greenhouse gases and has pledged to reduce these emissions to net zero by 2050.
With several questionable offshore oil and gas proposals currently on the table, coastal communities – from the East to the West Coast – continue their unified struggle to phase-out fossil fuels.
After numerous court actions to halt Shell's seismic surveys off the Wild Coast Eastern Cape (in search of offshore oil and gas), on 24 May 2022, small-scale fishers from the region called on local traditional leaders to do better at fulfilling their responsibilities as custodians of communal land extending to the ocean.
Since the announcement of Shell seismic surveys on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape last year, outraged communities and environmental organisations took the company to court following a flawed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and failed community consultations.
After a long legal battle against the granting of mining rights to extract titanium in Xolobeni off the Wild Coast to the Australian company, Transworld Energy by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).
Christy Bragg spoke to Neville van Rooy about what keeps his fire burning, his interest to protecting the earth, and his travel journey.
Since February 2022, Wongeka Xatasi, a 2022 Green Connection Legacy Programme participant, started turning over a new leaf.
Ecuador, a country in South America is obliged, as ruled by the country’s top court to ensure that Indigenous communities are consulted.
In January the South African government held public hearings on the Gas Amendment Bill. Why should you care? As the government itself has said, this Bill will affect every single person in South Africa.
From protecting the environment to ensuring the community of Port Nolloth is well informed about developments of oil and gas exploration – with a particular focus on the negative impacts it has on the environment
In pursuit of a frack free environment and clean energy, Warren Blouw and Danny Davidson from the Karoo–devoted eco-justice activists and alumni of The Green Connection.
Vuyiseka Mani and Zukisa Mankabane are two environmental activists on a mission to expose and address environmental injustice. Their work through The Green Connection Legacy Programme and the Eastern Cape Environmental Network continues to shine.
The struggle continues for small-scale fishers in Knysna as they constantly push back government regulations and by-laws restricting their access to the ocean via ‘privately owned property.'
Today I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, as one does when procrastinating, when I came across a picture that stopped my scrolling dead in its tracks. It was a picture of a lifeless caracal kitten lying curled up on a road.
Following a gruelling five days of training programme for a skipper’s licence, Phumza Kalimashe and Ntsindiso Nongcavu from Port St Johns an now confidently stay safe in the ocean while catching a variety of fish.
.It hasn’t been child’s play adapting to the ‘new normal’ since Covid-19 first hit in 2020. And in a world where restrictions on movement and social interactions have become regulation