Webinar on fossil fuels and the climate crisis in Zimbabwe
TOPIC: THE ROLE OF FOSSIL FUELS IN FUELING CLIMATE CHANGE AND CIVIL SOCIETY STRATEGIES TO RESIST THE PROPOSED FOSSIL FUEL PROJECT
ZIMBABWE’S Rio Energy Limited, a unit of RioZim Limited, announced that it will soon start building a 2,100 megawatt thermal power plant with the help of China Gezhouba Group Corp (CGGC) which will be responsible for fundraising and the construction work in northern Zimbabwe, at a projected cost of US$3 billion. Rio Energy Limited it has the capacity to scale up to 10 000 megawatts and intends to construct a 250km pipeline to draw water from Zambezi River and 420 kilovolt-ampere power line to be built by PowerChina. The pipeline and powerline will affect human settlements whilst the power plant has far reaching consequences on climate change.
To discuss this project and civil society response strategies, Centre for Natural Resource Governance and Groundwork, a regional environmental justice group, will be hosting an online forum to be addressed by experts on climate justice. Panelists will provide an analysis of the climate change pandemic, climate justice and the continued dependence of coal in Africa.
Moderator: Farai Maguwu Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG)
- Dirty Energy and Climate Justice in Africa – Bobby Peek, Director, GroundWork.
- Coal in Zimbabwe – Fidelis Chima, Coordinator, Greater Hwange Residents Trust
- Sengwa coal project & coal projects in Zimbabwe – social impacts and gender analysis – Obrien Nhachi and Tafadzwa Muropa , CNRG
- Connections between legal empowerment and litigation and community-led movements – Gino Cocchiaro, Natural Justice, Kenya
- Strategies and Way Forward – Lorraine Chiponda, Africa Coal Coordinator
Time: May 14, 2020 02:00 PM Harare, Pretoria
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Meeting ID: 719 2172 3147