Confronting Kusile

Greenpeace activists have dropped a banner from a crane inside the construction grounds of ESKOM’s latest colossal coal-fired power plant, Kusile - reading ‘Kusile: climate killer’. 

At the same time, other activists have locked themselves to gates at the plant’s front entrance - protesting with banners saying ‘green jobs now’ and ‘no future in coal’ – calling on ESKOM, the utility company, to stop its coal addiction and instead invest in renewable energy projects in South Africa. 

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Click to enlarge: An aerial view of the Kusile plant under construction.

 

 

 

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In June this year, we unloaded five tons of coal on Eskom’s doorstep . We did this to highlight the fact that coal kills, and to publicly demand that Eskom clean up its act by stopping the construction of Kusile coal-fired power...

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Eskom: Clean Up Your Act!

Feature story | June 27, 2011 at 5:45

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Why Greenpeace Takes Direct Action

Blog entry by Melita Steele | June 26, 2011

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Blog entry by Michael Baillie | May 26, 2011

>> For an update on the fracking situation in South Africa, click here . Yesterday I went to two meetings. The first made me really excited about the where South Africa could be. The second was a completely different experience.

The Advanced Energy [R]evolution

Feature story | May 24, 2011 at 14:54

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Israel Steps-Up to Get Facebook Off Coal

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | May 19, 2011

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