Tuesday, 23 August 2016

KZN Environmental Network concept note

KZN Environmental Network concept note

Many environmental and community groups in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) working on sustainable development and environmental justice issues and extend to paper mills, petrochemical and chemical industries, mining, agriculture land under sugar cane and timber plantations, big game parks, two major ports, big transport infrastructure associated with the port, etc.

KZN Environmental groups and communities have been both unique and tenacious in challenging both government and industry to address the inequities of pollution and environmental injustice in the province and we have had many successes to date.

To achieve continued success we would like you to discuss and envision a KZN Environmental network programme for 2016 and beyond to continue to build on these strong foundations to build community activism that critiques industry and government developments to secure livelihoods, social justice and a healthy environment for the benefit of all people of KZN. The highlight for 2016 activities would be to create awareness in a form of a rally.

We hope to build upon the work KZN environmental NGOs and communities are already doing with the aim of bringing KZN groups into a KZN Environmental Network with the aim of deepening community participation in environmental governance and advocacy in defence of people’s constitutional right. It will consolidate the network of relationships that enable KZN environmental network to draw on local, national and international resources and engage with complex and often technical issues so as to present well-founded community perspectives to the authorities and industry. In particular the KZN environmental network will advocate for a different development path that replaces fossil fuels with renewable energy, and that focuses on local production for local consumption including in food and manufacturing.

Our 2015 programmes achieved much success with development and infrastructure, climate change and energy, air quality and health and community empowerment. The KZN environmental network group includes SDCEA, groundWork [Friends of the Earth South Africa] , Earthlife Africa eThekwini ,Timberwatch , Biowatch SAFCIE , Greenpeace  and other groups have been active in raising awareness about environmental issues such as climate change, which cuts across and connects many of the other issues such as air quality, health, livelihoods, energy, development, etc. This has included numerous workshops with schools and communities, tribunals, pickets, EIA appeals highlighting the impacts of climate change.

Objective of a KZN Environmental Network:
Environmental justice is effectively integrated within the development vision for KZN:

Aim: Strengthen Environmental network in KZN: This project is centred on developing a strategy for greater collaboration and more effective use of resources. Develop an environmental network group which will comprise community members (specifically the youth), NGOs and community leaders, in KwaZulu Natal, who will mobilize, advocate, network, share experiences and knowledge with each other about pressing environmental issues.

Invitation to KZN Environmental Network Workshop

Invitation to the KZN Environmental network Workshop

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) would like to invite you to the KZN environmental network workshop on the 27 August 2016 at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The purpose of this workshop is to mobilise environmental and social community groups to collectively join campaigns, share and support each other in our common good to have an environment that is safe, clean and healthy.

We need to look at

a  * A common vision
b  *Common action (rally or something similar)

Date: 27 August 2016
Venue: DUT - Steve Biko Campus - Urban Futures Centre (new S2 building, on level 4)
Time: 9am – 4pm

Noluthando Mbeje
SDCEA environmental Project Officer
031 461 1991

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Youth Empowerment: Community Awareness – Become a Guardian for your Community

Community Awareness – Become a Guardian for your Community

We the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) are hosting a Youth Empowerment programme focusing on Community Awareness, on the Environment, Pollution and Health Challenges. This event is aimed at youth between the ages of 14 – 25 years to engage and actively participate in the activities that will be set out whilst been educated and sharing information on issues that directly affect them. This event invites all youth from the South Durban Area, Merebank, Wentworth, KwaMakutha, Illovu, Marianhill, Bluff, Durban and Umlazi. This programme will give youth the platform to express themselves as the future leaders of their communities. SDCEA strongly believes by empowering our youth on current community and global issues; allowing them to make better informed decisions that will shape their future and in-turn assist in transforming the world we live in for environmental and social justice.

Event Details Are as Follows:
Date: 11 July – 15 July 2016
Venue: Austerville Community Hall, Wentworth
Time: 10 am – 2:30 pm Daily
If transport is required from one of the above mentioned areas, please call us on the number provided below.

We look forward to your attendance …

For more information, please contact
Shanice Gomes – 031 461 1991 / Email:  shanicechantelf@gmail.com
Lesley Chen Young – 031 461 1991 / Email: lesley.chen.young@duke.edu
Thando Mbeje – 031 461 1991 / Email: thando@sdceango.co.za
Desmond D’Sa - Cell: 0839826939 / Email: desmond@sdceango.co.za