Climate Justice Coalition launches Green New Eskom campaign
5TH JUNE 2020
BY: MARLENY ARNOLDI
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The Climate Justice Coalition (CJC) has launched a Green New Eskom campaign, which demands a rapid and just transition to a more socially-owned, renewable energy
The CJC comprises trade unions, civil society and community organisations working together on a climate justice agenda. ADVERTISEMENT
To launch the campaign, CJC held a digital rally with speakers to discuss the need for and vision of a Green New Eskom.
The rally had a petition delivered to Eskom risk and sustainability division head *Andrew* *Etzinger*. ADVERTISEMENT
The demands in the petition were supported by civil society members and union organisations that attended the digital rally through the video conferencing platform Zoom.
CJC secretary *Alex* *Lenferna* says Eskom is the largest climate polluter on the continent and one of the biggest threats to the South African economy – hurting it through load-shedding, high prices, air pollution, corruption and taxpayer bailouts.
“If Eskom embraces renewable energy
General Industries Workers Union president *Mametlwe* *Sebei* comments that while the country must embrace a transition to renewable energy
Further, activist organisation Extinction Rebellion activist and filmmaker *Rehad* *Desai* says the world faces two connected crises – Covid-19 and the climate crisis.
“Just as we needed urgent action on Covid-19, so we need action on climate change before it is too late. South Africa
“Eskom must stop aggravating the climate crisis and rapidly become part of the solution.”
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