Oupa Fats Wetland is strategically situated in the middle of the South Western Townships, 30km from Johannesburg. (Soweto on the North, Eldorado Park / Klipspruit on the East, Lenasia on the South and Zuurbekom on the West). Wetlands are an important ecological resource, equivalent to a rainforest. Wetlands enjoy protection as a Protected Conservation area as per the RAMSAR Convention (1998). They are the lungs of the planet and perform the following important functions: 🐝 It prevents flooding in the surrounding areas 🐝 It purifies water 🐝 It purifies Air by depositing large amounts of carbon in its soil. 🐝 It is a Bird Sanctuary of note with blue cranes being some of its dwindling residents. Sadly, this Wetland is in danger of becoming a wasteland. It has been held hostage for the last 20+ years by criminals. Illegal theft of eco-sensitive soil, illegal dumping, illegal fishing with nets, hijacking and even burning of electrical cables for extracting coppers have prevented the local community from enjoying this pristine eco wonderland. Compounding the challenges which this Wetland faces is the anomally of "ownership" of several erfs which comprises this area. For some dubious reasons, ownership rests with National Housing instead of City Parks where it rightfully belongs. This was to facilitate the unlawful sale or lease of this land to private developers. The community has made several efforts over several years to save the Wetland, including meetings with and visits by several government departments and local councillors - but seems to be fighting a losing battle. We have continued to preserve the area as best as we can through private donations from the community; this has cost us in excess of R30 000 thus far. The transfer of these erfs to City Parks will rightfully place the preservation of the area in their hands.
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    Created by Oupa Fats Wetlenz Management Committee
  • KENYA: Protect Nairobi National Park
    Kenya Railways Corporation & China Road and Bridge Corporation have proceeded with Phase 2 of Kenya's Standard Gauge despite a court order preventing this on account of an unlawfully obtained Environmental Impact Assessment. Any gains related to this development are shortsighted as there is so much more to lose: For starters, the Park is a world famous tourist attraction sight and major revenue earner for the country. It ranks fifth in respect to visitation and income generation - and has 100,000 visitors per year, earning the country 450,000 USD annually. Naturally, it provides employment for hundreds of Kenyans. Not only is the Nairobi National Park a Black Rhino Sanctuary (Black Rhinos are highly endangered) it is home to over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds. It provides dry season refuge for wildlife, with its greatly diverse habitats. The Park also services the ecosystem by purifying the Mbagathi River's water, it is a Carbon sink (One of Nairobi’s lungs) and it is a crucial area for education.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: Cease Unsustainable Property Development in Cape Town
    This is necessary as the Western Cape cannot support any more people with the natural resources available (especially water), and encouraging housing development on undeveloped land will only lead to problems in the future. The City Of Cape Town should cease approving unsustainable property development in the Western Cape, and instead focus on protecting the natural environment and improving the lives of the citizens that already inhabit these areas - not the citizens that don't. Everyone is affected; the harm to the environment will only add further to climate change and the endangerment of native animals species. An example of this in Cape Town is the leopard toad, whose population has nearly gone extinct due to over development and the destruction of its natural habitat. With more unsustainable development, the populations of wild cats, snakes, buck, various insects, birds and plant life will decrease, and we may lose these creatures permanently if we are not careful. Secondly, additional housing is being created to attract more people outside of the Western Cape, which is experiencing drought, will result in even greater strain on water supplies and cause even greater hardship for the original inhabitants of the Western Cape. The use of water and resources in building these properties detracts from our already limited supplies. This is also a significant waste of funds that could have been dedicated to improving infrastructure that already exists within the region, such as education, the electricity grid, roads and emergency services. Furthermore, the investment being dedicated to these housing developments could have gone towards desalination tanks and other schemes to protect our steadily decreasing water supply. Thirdly, there is an even greater human element in this. The housing developments being green-lit are in relation to upper middle- and upper-class housing, rather than catering for poor households. This could be seen as a far reaching issue for housing developments near lower class towns or settlements, as a process of gentrification could occur that may lead to the displacement or replacement of these neighbourhoods due to higher rent or further demand for land to cater for High Income Households. In the most extreme cases, parts of these neighbourhoods may be bought out to create more high class estates. Examples of this can be seen throughout history, with gentrification occurring in New York. This may not happen, depending on the circumstances, but the recent development of the Cape Capri Estates opposite Masiphumelele does lead to a very stark parallel between this and gentrification in the USA and other countries. Finally, the Economic consequences of this cannot be understated as well. Property development on Farmland and bio-diverse ecosystems destroys potential opportunities to create long term jobs for the residents of the Western Cape, and could potentially lead to a reduction in Tourist revenue in the long run should the natural habitat be eroded. Property Development is not a sustainable form of income generation as it relies on the availability of a fixed resource, LAND, and within the context of South Africa is only being developed to be utilised by foreigners and upper income households. Alternately, investment in the Tourist sector would generate both long term jobs as well as a much stabler revenue inflow. Tourism allows for both economic growth and development within an economy, and in South Africa - where potential economic growth far outweighs actual economic growth - Tourism is essentially one of the few viably sustainable means of income generation. We cannot accept further unsustainable development. Property development does generate jobs and income for people, but jobs can also be generated from shifting that investment towards improving existing infrastructure, as well as conservationism which in turn offers more sustainable jobs that do not end once development is finished.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: NO to the Duynefontein Nuclear Plant
    The approval for a 4,000-megawatt facility at Duynefontein, adjacent to the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, comes at a time when South Africa can neither afford, nor does it need a new nuclear power station. The South African fiscus cannot afford any new nuclear build, the Finance Minister said so on 25 October 2016. If we invest in nuclear, we'll have less money for water and education - needed in the province and the rest of the country. Nuclear is not the cheap, safe and affordable option it is often presented as. Instead it is costly, dangerous and nuclear accidents are devastating: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents_and_incidents With high unemployment rate in SA, we should be investing in renewable energy as it will be available much quicker than nuclear and it creates more jobs - and is far less dangerous. Nuclear creates fewer jobs than renewable energy generation. In terms of the nuclear jobs potential in SA, the Russian state-owned nuclear company Rosatom stated in mid-2013 that 15,000 new jobs would be created directly by the procurement. However, in March of this year, that number dropped significantly, to only 5,760. The whole Nuclear Deal is shrouded in secrecy. What is worse is that as usual the SA government continues to make key energy decisions in secret -- which will have a negative impact on current and future generations in South Africa -- and without any input from the people. Please sign - to Say NO to The New Nuclear Power Plant plans and urge the government to invest in sustainable renewable energy.
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    Created by Laswet Savadye
  • CAMEROON: Pour un environnement sain, je participe au recyclage des bouteilles plastiques
    Selon certains experts 05 des 14 tonnes de déchets non biodégradables au Cameroun sont des bouteilles vides en plastique. La décomposition des bouteilles plastiques peut prendre jusqu'à 600 ans.Si ces bouteilles ne sont pas recyclées, elles finissent dans des rigoles, des ruisseaux, des fleuves,.... Elles bouchent des caniveaux, polluent l'eau , tuent la faune et la flore, et créent de grandes inondations.Elles contribuent ainsi à la pollution de l'environnement, la prolifération du paludisme, l'insalubrité et les pertes humaines/matérielles dans nos cités. Certaines entreprises et ONG/associations ont engagées des actions périodiques de récupération des bouteilles dans des décharges publiques.Cependant un travail en amont est essentiel pour la récupération des bouteilles plastiques dans les ménages et qu'elles ne se retrouvent plus dans les déchets et ordures ménagères .Pour cette raison, l'Association Building Africa lance cette campagne afin d'avoir une politique nationale de récupération et recyclage des bouteilles en plastiques au Cameroun impliquant tous les acteurs de la société.
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  • EAST AFRICA: Against gas and oil degradation in the Lake Tanganyika
    They are dependent on fishing for their livelihood. Furthermore, the lake is home to a very large variety of fish. The danger is simply too great for these species to become extinct by the degradation of raw materials. I urge those responsible to deal with this issue before making premature decisions and destroying life at and in the lake.
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    Created by Kai Brunner
  • SOUTH AFRICA: STOP Mining Companies from killing the West Coast's unique biosphere
    The West Coast has a unique and ecologically critical ecosystem and the following is under immediate threat if the mining company EEM is not stopped immediately in the Supreme Court. The Langebaan Lagoon (which is a RAMSAR site and a marine protected area) is an 'aquifer dependant lagoon' and the Elandsfontein aquifer which feeds the Lagoon has been described by experts as 'highly vulnerable and susceptible to anthropogenic pollutants and disturbance' and 'potentially extremely environmentally sensitive' due to its intergranular sandy structure. The Department of Water Affairs have outlined in their research that: • the Langebaan Road aquifer and the Elandsfontein aquifer are connected with one another as different influences have the same impact on the monitoring holes of both aquifers, • water flows from the Elandsfontein aquifer to the Langebaan Lagoon through Geelbek, • water also flows from Elandsfontein to the Langebaan Road aquifer, • if the aquifer should be dried up for whatever reason, the sand formations, will lose its capability to store water permanently, • if pollution of any nature should occur the Langebaan Road aquifer, Elandsfontein aquifer and the Langebaan Lagoon will be affected. EEM is proposing to mine within: • a 10-million-year old aquifer, which is a critical groundwater source within a 30 km radius, • a Core 1 area of a UNESCO Biosphere, • an internationally significant heritage area, described as an “Origin of Man” site, • a Critical Biodiversity Area, • a Buffer zone of the West Coast National Park and • a climate adaptive corridor, • an area that is signed into an international Convention on Biological Diversity treaty (South Africa is a signed partner) as part of the Park Expansion Plan Program, • a priority climate change adaptation corridor where they will be mining on endangered vegetation with 16 Red Data species, • a most vulnerable municipality with regards to climate change, • a planned protected area, • a groundwater catchment area, and • an inter-regional biodiversity corridor.
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    Par ce que ils exploitent sans tenir compte des méthodes d'exploitation durable. ils ne reboisent pas, ils coupent les espèces sans tenir compte de leur valeur écologique, économique, culturelle, sociale et ou alimentaire. ils échappent aux impôts et la population locale ne trouve pas profit de cette exploitation, ça crée également des conflits
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  • non a la proliferation des bouteilles plastiques dans les grandes villes du cameroun
    ce sujet est très important parce que les camerounais consommateurs de ces produits et les entreprises camerounaise qui produisent ces bouteilles n'ont pas encore eu un appercu de l'ampleur de ce phénomène. vous n'avez qu'a faire un tour dans les bas fond de la ville de Yaoundé pour voir des monticules de milliers de bouteilles qui enlaidissent le paysage.j'aimerais inculquer a mes frères camerounais la notion de recyclage qui est important dans une société qui se dit émmergéante en 2035 car recycler ces bouteilles plastiques peu aider a produire d'autres objet . ces bouteilles peuvent servir de matières premières a d'autres industries pensons -y.
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  • Pour une meilleure gestion des ordures ménagères à Saint-Louis
    Bien qu’inscrite au Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité (UNESCO), bien qu’ancienne capitale de l’AOF et considérée comme capitale culturelle du Sénégal, malgré la présence de plusieurs réserves naturelles protégées sur son territoire étendu, la Ville de St-Louis croule aujourd’hui littéralement sous les déchets. Les déchets sont les premiers à nous accueillir à Saint-Louis, ils jalonnent notre chemin dans la ville, ils défigurent les paysages pourtant paradisiaques, ils contaminent notre fleuve duquel est extrait l’eau que nous buvons, ils ulcèrent les espèces terrestres qui nous nourrissent, ils font le foyer de maladies graves pour ceux qui n’ont pas accès à la salubrité, ils contaminent les sols pour les décennies à venir, ils étouffent les espèces terrestres et marines protégées qui viennent ici nicher, ils marquent à jamais négativement le touriste et donne une idée bien triste de l’Afrique. Ils sont notre quotidien et nous pourrions être tentés de croire qu’il s’agit ici d’une cause perdue. Nous, résidents de la Ville de Saint-Louis du Sénégal, nous nous y refusons !
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  • ALGERIA: No to Shell Gas in Algeria
    It is so important to ask and act so that tests for shell gas stop in the Sahara of Algeria, the Greatest Sahara in the World, a Beautiful Place, full of life, there, we can find the Largest reserve of Underground Water, adding to that, people there suffered 50 years ago from Nuclear Tests done by the French, so it must be stopped now.
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    A huge amount of in- and exports across the countries are done by trucks. These trucks cause air pollution, noise and worsen street conditions. Nowadays everyday products are ordered on the internet from all over the world and far distances of transportation is not a big deal anymore . An investment in better infrastructure can ensure cleaner air, and renew and expend the rail links. When more people will go by train rail ticket are easier to afford and it will decrease the need of a car. Unfortunately the costly car is still a must for more rural areas. I am a passionate biker and hate to suffocate on the exhaust fumes of vast trucks.
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    Created by Sebastian Schluckner