20 June 2016 | Interviews | Water | Resisting neoliberalism | Forests and biodiversity | Human rights | Extractive industries | Climate Justice and Energy | Social activists at risk | Food Sovereignty
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The third annual Environmental Justice School organized by groundWork – Friends of the Earth South Africa for three weeks, with 20 activists from South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya, is coming to an end in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In November, the participants of the School will meet again, and groundWork is planning to repeat this capacity-building experience at least in the next two years.
Three weeks of intense work are coming to an end. This year´s edition of the Environmental Justice School was launched by groundWork on June 5th, as a way to celebrate World Environment Day. The participants have been trained on issues such as development, environmental legislation in South Africa and campaigning in areas of climate, energy, air quality, waste, water, land and food.
“The school aims to build a cadre of informed environmental justice activists who will contribute towards the mobilization, resistance and transformation to a just society”, states a press release issued by groundWork on June 2nd.
The Environmental Justice School’s logo was designed in remembrance of Nigerian famous environmental justice activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was murdered in 1995 by the Nigerian Dictatorship led by General Sani Abacha, for Saro-Wiwa´s campaigning around Shell’s catastrophic oil operations in the Niger Delta.
“We remember Ken Saro-Wiwa and other justice activists’ work as we go forward in building a new movement of activists who will continue their work in resisting corporate power and fighting for people’s power”, adds groundWork´s press release.
Real World Radio interviewed groundWork´s Director, Bobby Peek, to know more about the reasons behind the organization of this Environmental Justice School every year.
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