KARPOWERSHIPS are dirty, dangerous and expensive. All 3 Karpowerships will be moored in 3 high biodiversity sensitive areas: Richard's Bay - Northern Kzn, Coega /Nqgura- Eastern Cape and Saldahna Bay- Western Cape. ° Richard's Bay: As already admitted by the DEFF, "A powership would harm the estuarine environment". The DEFF also states, "That it does not support any development in high biodiversity sensitive areas", and yet it's been earmarked. Richard's Bay (with sea temperatures already at lethally high temperatures for some marine species) is of significant importance to the local communities that earn their livelihoods from the Bay and as a nursery area for various marine species, including prawns and crustaceans. The Mhlathuze estuary is considered an estuary of national importance by our government. The Mhlathuze estuary embayment is of national significance due to its size, habitat diversity and nursery function. With the increase of devastating tropical storms and cyclones in the Mozambique channel and memories of tropical cyclone Eloise just a year behind us, we expect tropical cyclone Batsirai to brush past or make landfall on the Northern Kzn coastline this week. What type of impact would a tropical storm or cyclone have on a gas-fired ticking time bomb in Richard's Bay? °Coega/Nqgura- Algoa Bay: Due to its location, this Bay has a complex climate with wide variations in temperatures, rainfall and wind and is subjected to solid winds almost the entire year. The Coega/Nqgura port has an abundant and wide diversity of Fisheries species. It is a critical area as nurseries for various marine species (crustaceans, molluscs, etc.). But it is also a nesting area for many coastal seabirds, and for those seabirds on a migratory route towards Madagascar, the only Bay with nesting islands they can use for breeding. The area is a breeding area for African penguins, currently listed as Endangered on IUCN Red List. Humpback Dolphins (also listed as Endangered on IUCN Red List) use Algoa Bay (Coega/Nqgura) to nurse their calves. The Southern Right Whale (Baleen whale) give birth and nurse their calves in the Bay's shallow waters. The Bay is rich in biodiversity through which small-scale fisherfolk can support their families as their forebears had supported previous generations. The small-scale fisherfolk have an intimate relationship with the ocean, just like their forebears. ° Saldanha Bay: Saldanha Bay is a natural harbour on the South African west coast. It includes part of southern St Helena, stretches to the Langebaan Lagoon, and is the only food source and livelihood for many small-scale fisherfolks. It is also currently part of the critical Baseline Benthic Survey which has already commenced in Saldanha Bay, 'The Cold Water Reef '. Langebaan reef is the most shallow cold-water reef globally and has an ancient oyster fossil reef. The Malgas island at the entrance to Saldahna Bay was declared a Marine Protected Area in 2000. Saldanha is linked to the Benguela upwelling system and has recorded taxa of over 100 zooplankton alone. The Saldanha Bay is also rich in biodiversity. KARPOWERSHIPS are gas-fired power ships that burn fossil gas daily, generating significant volumes of methane-rich greenhouse gas. At the same time, smaller volumes of Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide also enter the environment. This toxic pollution will harm our high biodiversity sensitive areas, the very same areas that the DEFF claims to protect. The burning of fossil fuels, fossil gas included, drives climate change. We are already in a climate emergency, and we have to act NOW before it's too late. We are already feeling the effects of climate change: We are experiencing extreme weather, more droughts, more floods and more tropical cyclones, which have claimed the lives of hundreds this past decade and have left hundreds of thousands displaced and impoverished. When do we start to value human lives over corporate profit? KARPOWERSHIP SA has made promises of job opportunities, which is probably more frightening: the last thing that we need is a ticking gas-fired time bomb and unskilled employees in an already highly compromised environment. The offers (3 Karpowerships promised 1000 jobs to South African citizens) are for highly skilled artisans. They would likely be sourced from abroad as the skills required to work on gas-fired power ships aren't readily available in South Africa. As South Africans are trying to recover from endless corruption scandals and State Capture, we can not afford to be bullied into dirty and expensive energy for the next 20 years, costing us, the taxpayers, over R10.9 billion annually, especially since cheaper, greener emergency alternatives are already available using wind and solar to harness energy. The answer is simple; it's the best and most immediate solution... A JUST TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. We need a systematic change that puts PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT. Sources: https://lifeaftercoal.org.za/media/proposed-gas-power-plant-in-richards-bay-has-been-refused-environmental-and-water-approvals https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/companies/karpowership-sa-projects-get-legal-go-ahead-from-high-court-718bd6c0-614d-463b-87bc-24597f5c8a98 https://www.iol.co.za/news/richards-bay-school-children-and-residents-rushed-to-hospital-after-unknown-gas-leak-causes-vomiting-nausea-and-breathing-difficulties-7d3fbae6-c3ff-4711-b9bf-b1b7f14ad6af
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  • Without water there is no life.Clean Water Now!
    Water is a fundamental human right; affected Eastern Cape residents want their water restored permanently without paying for water from water tankers, walking long distances, or boiling dirty water for drinking and cooking, which imposes health hazards. Having their water supply repaired will give the community members, residents, businesses, schools, universities and their students the dignity to complete their day to day tasks. Public bathrooms could be re-opened and give them the pride of being able to wash hands, bathe and keep their town clean. According to the United Nations, the people of Butterworth and surrounding areas have been fighting for years to access safe drinking water, a human right. (https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/64/292). For five years, their calls have gone unanswered, and it's now up to us - a global community who will not stand for injustice - to speak up. Sign this petition and add your voice to those of the vulnerable waterless communities of the Eastern Cape. Access to clean water is a constitutional right. Please sign this petition to protect your fundamental global human right. Additional Information : Picture source: Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik 2015 - 16 August 2016 | By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik https://www.groundup.org.za/article/taps-run-dry-drought-stricken-butterworth/ 2019 –14 November 2019 | By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik https://www.groundup.org.za/article/dams-empty-eastern-cape/ MEDIA STATEMENT DWS rolls up its sleeves to bring permanent solutions to Butterworth water challenges 05 August 2021 >>> https://bit.ly/3AP8nFE
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  • Dumping Toxic Chemicals in our Ocean, St Helena Bay 2022
    Our Town St Helena Bay is totally dependant on our fishing industry, if the chemicals destroy our fish, we would be crippled as a community and our local economy destroyed. We dont have the knowledge and the correct-info to deal with the issues please help us.
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  • Remove Gwede Mantashe and Barbara Creecy
    It is time for the People of South Africa to make their voice heard in the incompetencies and bad governance we are experiencing, we can no longer stay quiet while our natural resources are sold to the highest bidder, our environment is destroyed and our animals decimated by bad and incompetent decision makers.
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  • SAVE OUR ONCE BEAUTIFUL ROOIDAM from becoming just another cesspool!!
    Apart from the negative impact of a filthy Rooidam in one of South Africa's most beautiful cities, it's also a safety risk to those that are brave enough to venture to the once popular Rooidam. We humbly ask the newly elected Mayor of Mangaung, Honorable Mxolisi Siyonzana to instruct the relevant department to clean up the Rooidam and rid it of the filth and hyacinths so that the community can once again enjoy making new memories at this Rooidam.
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    Please help us protect the marine life, environment, and fishing and tourism industries of the Western Cape!
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  • Replace Wi-Fi, 4G & 5G with Faster, Safer & Healthier Li-Fi Alternative
    5G represents an international environmental crime against humanity and our planet as per this Published Scientific Research on 5G, 4G Small Cells, Wireless Radiation and Health: https://ehtrust.org/scientific-research-on-5g-and-health/ Has anyone considered conducting deep research into how 5G is going to affect our Bees and Birds and the critical eco-system services they provide? "RADIATION FROM CELLPHONES, WI-FI, IS HURTING THE BIRDS AND THE BEES; 5G MAY MAKE IT WORSE": https://www.newsweek.com/migratory-birds-bee-navigation-5g-technology-electromagnetic-radiation-934830 Internationally, municipalities are calling to halt 5G: https://ehtrust.org/international-actions-to-halt-and-delay-5g/. In Switzerland, the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, and Neuchatel have blocked the deployment until safety is proven. (Read the full list here: https://ehtrust.org/international-actions-to-halt-and-delay-5g/) Dr Devra Davis provides "The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyDCHf5iCY Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele announced in September 2013 that "South Africa had made agreements allowing cellphone networks to release 5G in South Africa: https://www.businessinsider.co.za/south-africa-will-only-get-5g-in-2020-telecommunications-minister-siyabonga-cwele-says-2018-9" with ZERO reference made to how this radioactive hazard will affect people's health and the environment at large? Was that given ANY thought? South Africans have NOT been accurately and truthfully informed about the extensive health risks associated with exposure to 5G radiation, yet, Vodacom originally announced in July 2018 that "5G will drive massive fiber deployment": https://brandspurng.com/2020/05/05/vodacom-launches-5g-in-south-africa/ ? Interestingly, the link to their original announcement has since been "archived": https://www.ee.co.za/article/5g-will-drive-massive-fibre-deployment.html On 26th February 2019 another announcement arrived "Rain and Huawei launch South Africa’s first commercial 5G network": https://businesstech.co.za/news/mobile/301934/rain-and-huawei-launch-south-africas-first-commercial-5g-network/ Where was the "protection of the people and environment" by the South African Government? Was ANY research undertaken regarding the dangers of this 5th Generation Technology and the risks it poses on Human and Environmental well-being? "Top 20 Facts About 5G": https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-internet-everything/20-quick-facts-what-you-need-to-know-about-5g-wireless-and-small-cells/ 5G poses an environmentally unethical threat to South Africa and the world at large and potentially contravenes and violates people's Human Rights to living in a safe radiation and hazard-free environment and potentially violates our rights to privacy and more as as Igan Max explains in this 2019 Global 5G WiFi Will Blanket The Earth in a mosaic of "cells" - What you NEED to KNOW!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoCGoXoWNes, documentary. As per this notification: "Scientists Keep Warning About The Dangers of 5G; Will We Listen?: https://www.gaia.com/article/5g-health-risks-the-war-between-technology-and-human-beings" "Over 180 scientists and doctors in almost 40 countries are warning the world about 5G health risks and have recommended a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry." Published on 2nd May 2019 this documentary reveals the 5G existential threat to humanity in a way we never imagined possible: "5G Apocalypse - The Extinction Event": https://vimeo.com/328304571 "Brussels has been the first Major City to say NO to 5G": https://imherald.com/2019/04/05/brussels-becomes-first-major-city-to-ban-5g-wireless-connection/ Why is America concerned about 5G? https://share.america.gov/why-is-america-concerned-about-5g/ Other related 5G facts: The roll out of 5G wireless service is 'a massive health experiment,' public health expert warns as cell companies install 800,000 towers across the US: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5784487/The-roll-5G-wireless-service-massive-health-experiment-public-health-expert-warns-a.html Wireless wake-up call | Jeromy Johnson | TEDx Berkeley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0NEaPTu9oI 5G CELL PHONE RADIATION: HOW THE TELECOM COMPANIES ARE LOSING THE BATTLE TO IMPOSE 5G AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BY CLAIRE EDWARDS: https://williambowles.info/2019/10/07/5g-cell-phone-radiation-how-the-telecom-companies-are-losing-the-battle-to-impose-5g-against-the-will-of-the-people-by-claire-edwards/ WATCH: Debate raging on link between 5G technology, coronavirus pandemic: https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/watch-debate-raging-on-link-between-5g-technology-coronavirus-pandemic-45124913 CORONAVIRUS HOAX: Fake Virus Pandemic Fabricated to Cover-Up Global Outbreak of 5G Syndrome: http://themillenniumreport.com/2020/03/coronavirus-hoax-fake-virus-pandemic-fabricated-to-cover-up-global-outbreak-of-5g-syndrome/ Bigger Than Snowden. Neuro Weapons. Directed Energy Weapons. Mind Control. Targeted Individuals. 5G: https://stillnessinthestorm.com/2019/10/bigger-than-snowden-neuro-weapons-directed-energy-weapons-mind-control-targeted-individuals-5g/ 5G GIGANTIC HEALTH HAZARD. DR. BARRIE TROWER AND SIR JULIAN ROSE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ3t6n2SkUY MUST WATCH - The SCARIEST 3-1/2 Minutes EVER! - 5G will Weaponize Everything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5AYRWvjiVg
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  • 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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  • Save the Shea Nut Tree
    It is an integral part of my community. In the fight against climate change, it is so vital that we look at solutions that benefit us all.
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  • La déforestation dans la province de Mai-Ndombe en RDC
    L'importance est justement de lutter contre la déforestation pour empêcher le réchauffement climatique et la destruction de notre environnement.
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  • Don't drill the Okavango!
    I am writing this petition as a concerned resident who has lived in the delta all my life. I am a pastoral farmer, and I have fiercely guarded our environment for all the years I have lived here. There are no physical drilling activities in Botswana, but I believe that Recon Africa will expand its active exploration into our country following their initial drilling in Namibia. I am convinced that once the oil is discovered, the company will proceed with their production phase, which is a primary environmental concern, as it would generate a significant amount of greenhouse gas, contributing to the overall problem of global heating. As Batswana, we should learn from what happened in the Niger delta. The marshland has been destroyed, no fish are left, and much biodiversity has been lost due to oil spills. It will take many years to recover – if ever! There is nothing left for the people of the Niger delta. Botswana must never find itself in such a regrettable situation. The residents of Ngamiland have a long history of environmentalism. Our forefathers were one of the first in Africa to take a consensus decision in 1963 to form a conservation society to protect the Moremi Game Reserve. Now, as a young conservationist, I appeal to others to join me in protecting our fragile ecosystem by rejecting the decision to allow these activities that threaten our wetlands and, consequently, the future livelihoods of those who live there.
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    Pourquoi faut-il agir maintenant ? Au cœur de l’Afrique, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), avec ses 135 207 000 hectares de forêts, est considérée comme l’un des pays d’Afrique les plus importants du fait de son extraordinaire richesse génétique spécifique, couvrant 60% des forêts du bassin du Congo. Elle abrite en effet une large gamme de biomes, d’écosystèmes et d’habitats qui lui confèrent la première place parmi les pays africains en termes de diversité des espèces. On y trouve plus de 10 000 espèces de plantes, une faune aussi abondante que variée, avec environ 480 espèces de mammifères, 1080 espèces d’oiseaux, etc. Les forêts et la biodiversité congolaise sont sérieusement menacées par la chasse et la pêche non contrôlées, le commerce de la viande de brousse, la destruction et la fragmentation de l’habitat faunique, surtout le braconnage des espèces clés pour satisfaire l’insatiable appétit de l’Occident. Le degré et l’étendue de la violence perpétrée par les braconniers et les trafiquants sur les espèces sauvages menacent la paix, la sécurité, l’état de droit et les conditions de vie des populations. Alors que des efforts énormes sont consentis pour la restauration de la biodiversité et la crédibilité de la RDC en ce que ce pays apporte des solutions au changement climatique et à la problématique de la survie de l’humanité, un Arrêté interministériel vient de tout annihiler. En effet, l’Arrêté n°006/CAB/MIN/EDD/2020 et CAB/MIN/FINANCES/2020/069 portant fixation des taux des droits, taxes et redevances en matière d’installation classée à percevoir à l’initiative du Ministère de l’Environnement et Développement Durable, en matière de gestion forestière du 24 juillet 2020 publié au journal officiel, libéralise le commerce illicite et illégal des espèces protégées. Selon cet Arrêté, personne ne peut plus être inquiété ni poursuivi en justice pour avoir tué un Okapi ou toute espèce protégée. En clair, les pointes d’ivoire sont admises à être vendues à la cité. Il n’y a plus de trafic illicite. Et pourtant, la loi n°14/003 du 11 février 2014 relative à la conservation de la nature stipule à son article 14, qu’il est interdit de : « prélever, pêcher, capturer, harceler ou tuer délibérément des spécimens des espèces protégées. Aussi « perturber intentionnellement ces espèces, notamment durant la période de reproduction, de dépendance, d’hibernation ou de migration » ; de détruire, endommager, enlever, ramasser les œufs des espèces ou en modifier la position ; détériorer ou détruire les sites de reproduction, les aires de repos ou tout habitat naturel où vivent ces espèces à l’un des stades de leur cycle biologique. De détenir, transporter, échanger, vendre ou acheter, offrir ou céder à titre gratuit les spécimens ou toute partie de ces espèces prélevés dans la nature ; détenir, céder, vendre, acheter ou transporter tout produit dont l’emballage ou la publicité annonce contenir des spécimens appartenant à l’une des espèces protégées et, enfin, exposer dans les lieux publics ces spécimens.
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