Long overdue, but nonetheless important. Today’s edition is written with a heavy heart. It’s personal.
As if the knee-jerk reaction against South Africa’s identification of the Omicron variant wasn’t bad enough, South Africans have had to urgently protest Shell’s planned oil and gas exploration project on the Wild Coast, from Morgans Bay to Port St John’s. The potential consequences of this are too dreadful to think about. Please read the science and comments from Dr Judy Mann, a conservation strategist at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research’s Oceanographic Research Institute, in this article
in Daily Maverick
I’m swum in that ocean, seen whales and dolphins from the shore, picked up shells on those beaches, watched the sunrise with friends and strangers, gazed at shorebirds through binoculars, and enjoyed the intensely fresh spoils provided by local subsistence fisherman. It is a beautiful and ecologically rich part of a beautiful and ecologically rich country.
Why, in late 2021, with all that has been said and done, are we letting this happen? As Dr Mann says:
“The global market is moving away from fossil fuels, given the potentially catastrophic effects of human-induced climate change. Indeed, if South Africa and the world are to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to less than 1.5°C, it is reliably estimated that a third of oil reserves, half of all gas reserves and 80% of known coal reserves should remain unused.”
7-minute documentary HERE
We wait with baited breath on a court ruling.
A few petitions to add your name to, in the meantime.