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CCS participates in South Durban People's Climate Camp, 14-17 November

MEDIA INVITE: Peopleís Climate Camp [1]

Peopleís Climate Camp to resist Durban port developments, in relation to dirty energy and climate change

Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 06 November 2013 Ė The proposed billion rand Durban port development, and in particular the dug-out port, is set to displace small, local farmers and their workers, affect the broader south Durban community socio-economic and environmentally, and to severely contribute to climate change. In response to this and the broad scale pollution across the country, community groups from pollution hotspots in KwaZulu-Natal, the Vaal Triangle and the Highveld are holding a Peopleís Climate Camp in Bluff, south Durban from 14th to 17th November.

Globally, the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP 19) will be under way in Warsaw, Poland. This climate camp will highlight the failure of this international UN climate negotiations and protest the expansion of dirty energy in South Africa. It will provide a platform for people to articulate views on climate and energy justice on the way to the Ďpeopleís pre-CoPí in Venezuela in September 2014.

The camp will demonstrate civil societyís determined opposition to the expansion of Durbanís port and petrochemicals hub. As an expression of our solidarity with the farmers who, together with the actual land, will be removed if the proposed dug-out port project goes ahead, we will be holding a march to and informal press conference at the farmerís land on Thursday[2].

The residential area of Clairwood is also slated for removal and people throughout south Durban are being squeezed out by the expansion of trucking and logistics, and worsening pollution. The expansion is supported by heavy state and city spending on infrastructure. This is infrastructure for corporate profit and control. It appropriates our common resources to entrench the dispossession of people.

The camp will explore and embody alternatives to development as dispossession in an assembly process taking place on Friday, out of which will come a Peopleís Declaration. We will aim for zero waste and composting, harnessing energy from the sun supplemented by very efficient wood stoves and retained heat (wonderbags) for cooking. We will showcase our visions for another world, for energy sovereignty and for sustainable living and settlement in a Alternatives Fair taking place on Saturday.

Details for the camp are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 14th October to Sunday, 15th October.
Venue: Eco Park, 55 Grays Inn Road, Bluff, Durban

A detailed press release will be sent out on Tuesday, 11th November 2013.


Megan Lewis
Media and Communications Officer at groundWork
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 450 5541

Desmond Dísa
Coordinator at South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Tel (w): +27 (0) 31 461 1991
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 982 6939

Vanessa Black
Chairperson at Earthlife Africa Durban
Tel (w): +27 (0) 31 205 1369
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 472 8844

Megan Lewis
Media, Information and Publications Manager
groundWork, Friends of the Earth South Africa
P.O Box 2375
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Fax: +27 (0) 342 5665
Cell: +27 (0) 83 450 5541>

[1] South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (and its affiliate organisations), Airport Farmers Association, groundWork, Earthlife Africa eThekwini, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, KwaZulu Regional Christian Council, Newcastle Environmental Justice Alliance, University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society, Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance, Greater Middleburg Residents Association, Mpumalanga Youth Against Climate Change, South African Waste Pickersí Association.
[2] While the camp was set to be hosted on the farmerís land, the extended weather forecast of heavy rain has made this an impossibility.

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