The campaign for a Green New Eskom is being led by the Climate Justice Coalition, a coalition of South African civil society, grassroots, trade union, and community-based organisations. We are calling for a rapid and just transition to a more socially owned, renewable energy powered economy, providing clean, safe, and affordable energy for all, with no worker and community left behind in the transition.
Transforming Eskom: Africa’s Biggest Polluter
Eskom is Africa’s biggest polluter. If this continent is to do its part to reach 1.5 degrees by 2050, we need South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility to transform - drastically. This video is one of a three-part-series showing just how urgently we need to see a just transition to a Green New Eskom. Learn how you can be part of this too. Visit UprootTheDMRE.org for information on how you can join the mobilisation on 22 - 24 September 2021.
Transforming Eskom: Working Class Climate Justice
In this video President of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa, Mametlwe Sebei, Convenor of the Working Class Summit Ferron Pedro and Zwelinzima Vavi, the General Secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions talk about the effects of climate change on the working class in South Africa. There is an urgent need for a just transition that creates job opportunities and does not leave any community behind.
Transforming Eskom: Youth Securing a Just Climate Future
South Africa's youth have always played an integral role in effecting change. In this film, Mitchelle Mhaka, Sarah Robyn Farrell and Gabriel Klaasen from the African Climate Alliance speak about the importance of a Green New Eskom and the work they are doing to ensure they are active participants in decision making affecting their future.
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The future of Eskom is one of the most contested spaces in South Africa. It is captured by vested interests who stand to gain billions by continuing to loot, pollute, and corrupt our energy future. As such, people from all walks of life will need to come together to win a Green New Eskom. Here are some ways you can get involved.
We need to build the movement and get more people out supporting a Green New Eskom. To help spread the word, you can share on WhatsApp, social media or email.
Make your mark with your pen, your keyboard, and your words. Write or call in to your local newspaper, blog, and/or radio station to discuss why we need a Green New Eskom. Learn more about speaking to and writing for the media here.
Want to learn more about what a Green New Eskom means? Visit GreenNewEskom.org/learn. There you will find a flier, a booklet, podcasts, articles, and materials which can help you understand the issues better and spread the word.
We are building towards a COVID-safe, mass mobilisation on 22 September 2021. We welcome all supportive groups and people to join, educate and mobilise towards it. You can sign up to join the mobilisation and get updates here.
We need decision makers in Eskom and the government to know that people support a Green New Eskom. We must hold their feet to the fire, and push them. Find out how you can contact your decision makers at: GreenNewEskom.org/contact.
Are you part of an organisation or community group that wants to learn more about a Green New Eskom and get involved? You can organise a workshop either online or in-person – COVID-willing. We have a workshop template available here to help plan
Groups are welcome to organise their own protest, action, or art instalments in favour of a Green New Eskom. Whether targeting Eskom, government, or doing public facing actions, we encourage you to get involved. Find trips and tricks for actions here.
Have other ideas on how to win a Green New Eskom? Reach out to alex.lenferna[at]350.org
The Green New Eskom campaign and its vision was developed by the Climate Justice Coalition. The coalition has put forward this set of interconnected demands outlining their vision for transforming Eskom and South Africa’s energy sector.
Eskom’s reliance on expensive, unreliable & polluting coal is killing us. Electricity tariff increases and load shedding are killing the South African economy and hurting the poor. Eskom’s unsustainable debt levels are draining tens of billions in taxpayer money and driving austerity. Its power is literally killing our people through air and water pollution. And as the biggest climate polluter in Africa, it is causing death and devastation across the world through climate change.
A better Eskom is possible, if we pursue a rapid and just transition to renewable energy that benefits all South Africans. Renewable energy is now South Africa’s cheapest and most job-creating form of energy. Research shows that a transition to renewable energy can create hundreds of thousands more jobs, compared to sticking with our polluting system. It would also lower the cost of energy, save hundreds of billions of water per year, make our energy system more reliable (i.e. no load-shedding), and remove our biggest source of air, water & climate pollution.
If we are to transition to a renewable energy future, we cannot leave behind workers who have worked so hard to keep the lights on. We must protect workers and communities who depend on coal for their livelihoods. For those workers, a just transition is vital. It is not optional. Additionally, to ensure that renewable energy brings more benefits to the people of South Africa, we must pursue a more socially owned renewable energy future that puts the benefits, jobs, and ownership of energy more in the hands of the people.
With millions still lacking access to electricity, we must ensure access to affordable energy for all. Renewable energy provides the most affordable and fastest way to provide energy access for all. Poor South Africans also deserve an expansion of the insufficient indigent free electricity allocation. We must reject the inhumanity of leaving the poorest and most vulnerable in our society out in the dark and in the cold, especially with the onset of winter. We must ensure energy for all, so that all South Africans can have the power they require to meet their basic needs.
A Green New Eskom can drive South Africa’s green industrialisation creating millions of decent jobs. Government and Eskom policy can ensure our communities, businesses, and factories are leading a program of green industrial development and building renewable energy at home.In addition to local production and manufacturing, we also need a mass rollout of solar panels; electric vehicles & charging infrastructure; affordable, electrified mass transit; smart grids; battery & storage technologies; & building efficiency retrofits especially for low-income houses.