• Shell gas study threatens SA's Wild Coast.
    For decades, South Africa's Wild Coast has been a pristine and untouched coastline vital to the biodiversity of the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Such a plan will impact impoverished communities hardest by devastating fish populations in shallow ocean water and the Wild Coast and Eastern Cape rivers. It will also devastate whale and dolphin populations who will beach and become disorientated due to the constant seismic blasting. Please support this petition before it is too late.
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  • Thousands dead, genetics forever altered.. This is the United Phosphorus Limited Legacy..
    During recent KZN unrest, arsonists targeted United Phosphorus Limited SA (amongst many others). United Phosphorus Limited, with its headquarters in India, was operating illegally in Durban with no specific Environmental or Hazardous substance approvals or permits, so no EIA was conducted on chemical storage or potential POLLUTION, no bundling or pollution control dams. No government officials are aware of any applications. 1600 different types of chemicals were housed on the premises (a full disclosure of chemicals have not been given to relevant authorities) This incident took place on 13 July 2021. Reports of strong chemical fumes were being reported by different communities in the area. Homeowners reported struggling for air, their lungs and nostrils felt like they were breathing fire - personally I felt like my chest was going to explode. Measures to block out the toxic fumes did not suffice and we eventually needed to double mask indoors to escape the toxic fumes. I live 17.5km from the UPL chemical warehouse. God help those living closer and those living in informal settlements. Each time the wind changed direction, we'd gasp for relief. This lasted the entire 10 days that it took to extinguish the fire. On 14 July, the day following the explosion, a regular beach goer took his morning stroll on Umdloti Beach and was horrified to see hundreds of dead fish and crayfish washed up on the shoreline. A once pristine beach now littered with dead sea life. Local surfers came back to shore as the stench of the sea water was too much to tolerate. 16 July all beaches were closed north of the Umgeni River as thousands of marine fish had washed ashore. The Ohlanga River and Umhlanga estuary a hideous hue of blue. 19 July. Spilltech scooping up thousands of dead fish from the Umhlanga estuary. The fire at the illegal UPL chemical warehouse was finally extinguished on 22 July, 10 days later. Huge sigh of relief for some, such a pity our aquatic, amphibian, reptile, marine life and bird life can't say the same, the outlook for them short term is complete destruction of their environment with many dead zones in the river, the estuary and sea. Birdlife suffocated and died an agonizing death, wildlife dependant on the ocean and river system for sustenance suffered a similar horrendous and painful death. The destruction of vegetation or farmland will potentially suffer damage. Local communities or fishermen and women who are dependant on the river and ocean to sustain themselves and their families have lost their food source, how many have consumed fish or crayfish from the ocean or river, Ethekwini failed to erect warnings on beaches and river banks. It is estimated that it could take 2 years for this environmental disaster to recover.... if ever, because how will this disaster alter genetics??.. https://theworldnews.net/za-news/our-burning-planet-analysis-lessons-to-be-learnt-from-durban-s-upl-pesticide-fire https://mg.co.za/environment/2021-07-27-united-phosphorus-ltd-cleans-up-spill-after-chemical-blaze-in-durban/ https://www.news24.com/witness/news/durban-beaches-remain-closed-as-a-precautionary-measure-20210805
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  • Beachside factories in Gambia
    I am addressing you because of the fishmeal processing factories on Gambias coastline. Are you aware of this already? I think the world definitely should act against this exploitation of one of the last natural, not over-fished and paradise-like tourism coastlines. They are Chinese plants and they are based directly on the beachside to be able to pollute their waste directly and unseen inside the sea. Every now and then tons of dead fish are lying on the beach. This together with the very disgusting scent produced by it scares off tourists - in places called (not by circumstance) paradise beach. In a country where almost 90% lives from tourism. Moreover activists found out they use blind trollers. Therefore they are likely to catch more fish than they are allowed to. The standards on the ships are not made for humans. They don't employ any locals which already resulted in serious riots taking place. The government is protecting the Chinese companies. Eventhough nature reserves like the Tanji Bird Reserve are next to it. Everywhere else in the world all this couldn't happen like this. It is probably only possible due to corruption and is making one of the poorest countries even poorer in the long run. I really want to protect Gambia and its people from this exploitation and make the world know about it.
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  • SAVE OUR HOUT BAY SEAL RESCUE CENTRE
    We are the only seal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Western Cape. The work we do saves the lives of the Cape Fur Seal. The centre has been going for 20 years and we are desperate to keep it going so that we can continue caring for the sick and injured seals.
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  • Protégeons la biodiversité !!!
    D’après la page Facebook « Alertes environnementales au Sénégal », l’absence de l’homme sur certaines plages avec la pandémie du Covid-19 a entrainé le retour des tortures Caouannes au niveau des côtes sénégalaises au bonheur des braconniers et au malheur de la biodiversité car l’espèce joue un rôle important dans l’équilibre des écosystèmes marins. Notre caractère anthropocentrique nous pousse à négliger certaines espèces tout en oubliant que tout est lié dans la nature, aucune espèce ne peut être considérée comme non indispensable. Conscient de l’importance de la tortue Caouanne et de sa faible reproduction dans le temps et dans l’espace, il serait urgent de mettre en place une stratégie pour accueillir et protéger dans nos côtes la tortue Caouanne (ressource biologique partagée) à notre qualité de « Téranga sénégalais » (hospitalité). Sauvons la Tortue Caouanne, pour participer à la conservation des espèces animales indispensables à l’équilibre des écosystèmes marins en cette journée internationale de l’environnement dont le thème est « La biodiversité une source de préoccupation à la fois urgente et existentielle ».Les événements récents comme les feux de brousse au Brésil, aux Etats -Unis et en Australie ou les infections de criquets en Afrique de l’Est, et maintenant, une pandémie mondiale, démontrent l’interdépendance des êtres humains et des réseaux de vie dans lesquels ils vivent. La nature nous envoie un message (http://www.worldenvironnementday.gobal/). According to the Facebook page “Alertes Environnementales au Senegal”, the absence of man on certain beaches brought about by the Covid-19 has led to the return of Loggerhead Turtles to the coast of Senegal to the happiness of poachers and the misfortune of biodiversity because the species plays a key role in balancing marine ecosystems. Our anthropocentric nature urges us to overlook some species while forgetting that everything is connected when it comes to deal with nature, no species indeed can be considered apart. Aware of the importance of the Loggerhead Turtle and of its low reproduction in time and space, it would be urgent to implement a strategy to welcome and protect in our coasts the Loggerhead Turtle (shared biological resource) on behalf of our quality "Senegalese Teranga" (hospitality). Save the Loggerhead Turtle, to be instrumental in the conservation of animal species overriding to the balance of marine ecosystems on this International Environment Day, the theme of which is "Biodiversity, a source of both urgent and existential concern". Recent events like bush fires in Brazil, the United States and Australia or locust invasions in East Africa, and the current global pandemic, epitomize the interdependence of human beings and life networks in which they live. Nature sends us a message (http://www.worldenvironnementday.gobal/). Tel: +221 77 497 73 21 Website: http://www.leadsenegal.org/ Email: info@leadsenegal.org Facebook:@senegalead Twitter: @SenegalLead
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  • CAMEROON: STOP PLASTIC, STOP FLOODING
    We seem to be failing the war against plastic in our country. We have long understood the negative impact plastic has had on the people of Cameroon, and have even taken steps to curb the problem by introducing into law a ban on the importation, production or commercialization of non-biodegradable plastic bags on April 1, 2014. However, the law is not enforced and instead, we try to accommodate single-use plastic for the short term gains, by trying to ramp up recycling schemes which are not working. What is left is an erosion of our public infrastructure, where drainage systems become blocked, causing widespread flooding and putting the lives of citizens at risk.  In fact, the situation has become even more dire - constant urban floods in Douala and the recent deaths of 42 Bafoussam residents after their houses were swept away in a landslide is testament of that. And we need need to respond swiftly to this environmental emergency. All in takes is the simple enforcement of a law that already exists.  In Kenya, for instance, where that have taken massive steps to enforce their ban of the plastic ban, there has been a massive, almost immediate, improvement on the state of the environment. They too faced a lot of resistance from the public, but they have learned to adapt.  We urge you to be as bold as the Kenyan government, and not to cave to pressure from those who have no concern for the citizens who are at risk - the most vulnerable of our people.
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  • Non aux usines « MOUKA » farine animales
    La capitale économique de la Mauritanie est entrain d’agoniser avec toute sa population. Les côtes Mauritaniennes jadis les plus poissonneuses du monde et dont tout un pays désertique en dépend sont fortement menacées par les usines de farine animales . Seule une poignée d’hommes d’affaire qui se compte sur le bout des doigts de la main récolte leur bénéfice. Cette activité est avare en main d’œuvre.
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  • SAVE SOUTH AFRICA'S WILD COAST FROM OIL DRILLING
    KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its famous and beautiful beaches. However, healthy oceans are critically important to marine life and to coastal communities whose economies rely on tourism, fishing and recreational activities. Last year, mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe announced that SA will relax a moratorium on gas and oil exploration licences, implemented earlier in 2018, to allow exploration and production applications already in the system to be granted. Opening up new offshore areas to drilling, risks permanent damage to our oceans and beaches. We've already witnessed the harmful effect of oil on the ocean in July - after fuel tank valves from the MV Chrysanthi S were not properly closed, which lead to an overspill in Port Elizabeth, affecting 90 African penguins! Read more - - https://southcoastherald.co.za/300531/opposing-oil-gas-exploration-awareness-workshop-held-sheppie-july-10/ - https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2018-12-02-activists-vow-to-prevent-exploration-for-oil-and-gas-off-kwazulu-natal-coast/ - https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/seabirds-rescued-after-oil-spill-released-back-into-wild-32613282
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  • Arrêtez de déverser les plastiques des U.S.A. au Sénégal
    Il y a seulement un an depuis que les États-Unis ont commencé à exporter leurs déchets plastiques au Sénégal, et ils ont déjà envoyé plus d’un million de kilogrammes de déchets. Depuis l’interdiction de la Chine, les États-Unis se sont mis à déverser leurs déchets dans plusieurs pays en développement dans le monde. Par contre, nous ne pouvons les autoriser de faire de l’Afrique leur décharge. Nous devons déjà gérer notre propre crise plastique – qui expose les gens ordinaires à un risque élevé sur leur santé. Sur la totalité des plastiques qui existe, seulement 9 pourcents sont recyclés, c’est pour cela qu’il est probable que les déchets des États-Unis, qui finissent au Sénégal, y demeure. Ne vous laissez pas intimider en mettant la santé du peuple sénégalais en danger. Protégeons notre avenir en refusant d’accueillir leur déchet. La dignité de notre peuple est en danger. Nous avons besoin d’un leadership fort pour nous protéger. EN SAVOIR PLUS - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/recycled-plastic-america-global-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/senegal-west-africa-plastic-waste-crisis-pollution-dakar-a8867451.html https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/recycled-plastic-america-global-crisis
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  • Stop U.S. Dumping Plastic in Senegal
    It has only been a year since the United States began exporting their plastic waste to Senegal, and already it has sent over 1 million kilograms of waste. Ever since China’s ban, the United States has started dumping their waste in several developing nations around the world. But, we cannot allow it to make Africa it’s dumping ground. We already have our own plastic crisis to deal with - which poses a major health risk to ordinary people. Of the plastic that exists, only 9 percent has ever been recycled, so the United States' waste ending up in Senegal is likely to stay. Do not be bullied into putting the health of the Senegalese people at risk. Protect our future by refusing to accept their waste. The dignity of our people is at risk. We need strong leadership to protect us. READ MORE - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/recycled-plastic-america-global-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/senegal-west-africa-plastic-waste-crisis-pollution-dakar-a8867451.html https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/recycled-plastic-america-global-crisis
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  • Stop Illegal Abalone Trade
    Shellfish abalone, known locally as “perlie” or perlemoen, is in high demand, particularly from the Far East. Abalone is heavily restricted, but illegal harvesting by organised criminal networks has caused stocks to plummet, dramatically impacting the legal abalone farming industry. Abalone poaching has cost the country 96 million individual abalones worth R10 billion between 2000 to 2016 - and as a result, it is one of the inshore fisheries that faces collapse in South Africa. Abalone poaching is highly illegal, carrying severe penalties. However, the level of desperation in Western Cape fishing communities is high. A lack of alternatives, compounded by the lure of easy money, drives many in the community to participate in illegal poaching activities. Fishing communities are becoming increasingly poor and more vulnerable - and the WOMEN who live in these communities remain at the bottom of the food chain. The women’s economic dependence and vulnerability means they are regularly exploited by poachers and coerced into engaging in criminal activities, often with disastrous consequences. What was once a thriving ecosystem of subsistence fishing has become a hotbed of criminal activity involving top government officials, who continue to benefit off regulations which make it imposable for small-scale fishermen to partake in trade of abalone legitimately. Many women in the community have husbands, sons, partners and brothers who are engaged in illegal abalone poaching. Traditional engendered roles consequently entrap these women in supporting poaching activities by preparing food, cleaning wetsuits, storing catch bags in their freezers and permitting boats to park on their properties. They are vulnerable to gender violence, as in any setting immersed in criminality. For more information - https://www.groundup.org.za/article/want-curb-abalone-poaching-treat-cause/ https://theconversation.com/first-steps-to-tackling-south-africas-abalone-poaching-106957 https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Peoples-Post/fishing-communities-becoming-more-poor-20181119 https://ewn.co.za/2019/03/12/national-interventions-having-little-impact-on-abalone-poaching-report https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-12-14-former-poacher-reveals-uncomfortable-truths-about-stealing-from-nature-to-survive/
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  • Ban The Butt in South Africa
    Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded type of litter globally and are the most frequent item of litter picked up on beaches and other water bodies worldwide. In South Africa cigarette butts continue to be the third most common item of litter found on beaches during clean-ups. Around 23.49 billion cigarettes are consumed in South Africa each year (NIDS, 2015), with global evidence showing that the majority of these are not thrown away in a waste bin (www.cigwaste.org). Of particular environmental concern is the fact that the filters used in cigarettes are not bio-degradable because they are made out of cellulose acetate - a form of plastic. They can take months or even years to break down into smaller pieces of plastic but will not biodegrade. The tobacco remnant is biodegradable because it’s made from plant material, but is still poisonous to humans, animals, aquatic organisms and the environment (Tobacco and its environmental impacts, World Health Organisation Report, 2017). Cigarettes do not need to have a filter because they are not healthier for the smoker – they only make cigarettes less harsh to smoke and therefore taste better, increasing the risk of addiction. Cigarette butts seep chemicals and toxins such as nicotine, arsenic and heavy metals into the water and land, contaminating it long after the cigarette has been smoked and the butt thrown away. A recent study showed that half of the fish left in both fresh and salt water polluted with cigarette butts died as a result of this exposure, even though the cigarette butts had only been in the water for 96 hours (Tobacco and its environmental impacts, World Health Organisation Report, 2017). In Cape Town alone, more than 300 kg of cigarette butts thrown into bins are collected by cleaners each month. This is just a small fraction of the hundreds of kilograms of cigarette butts that city officials say are thrown on the ground (Keep it Clean Campaign). In line with the polluter pays principle, tobacco companies that produce cigarettes need to take responsibility for the collection and appropriate disposal of cigarette butts, and not shift this responsibility to municipalities, and the taxpayer as they currently do. References Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. National Income Dynamics Study 2017, Wave 5 [dataset]. Version 1.0.0 Pretoria: Department of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation [funding agency]. Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit [implementer], 2018. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2018. https://doi.org/10.25828/fw3h-v708 https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/703/186811.html https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/keepitclean-it-costs-r30-000-per-day-to-keep-cape-town-clean-20946460 https://www.cigwaste.org https://www.getaway.co.za/travel-news/cigarette-butts-cause-more-damage-than-plastic-straws/ https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/UD-News/top-pollutants-on-beaches-20190220 World Health Organisation, Tobacco and its environmental impacts Report, World Health Organisation, Geneva, 2017.
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