Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law, will be teaching a webinar on international and environmental law and global governance, along with Peter Brown.
The live webinar is free and can be accessed online on 22 May at 3PM UTC/GMT, you will need to have installed Adobe Flashplayer, have audio input and output, and a good internet connection.
On Wednesday, May 22nd at 3PM UTC/GMT, Earth Charter International and the EC Center for Education for Sustainable Development will be hosting a one and half hour webinar on international and environmental law and global governance with experts Peter Brown and Cormac Cullinan. These two leaders in their respective fields will put their work into context as well as relate the importance of the Earth Charter to their fields. Attendance is free for all and participation will be available through the chat function on our platform.
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Patrick Bond has written an article for Pambazuka News asking, “is Pretoria a destructive sub-imperialist power?”
This was partially prompted by the Zambian vice president Guy Scott saying that he dislikes “South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States” and also by two Daily Maverick columns, one by Brooks Spector and the other by Sisonke Msimang.
Read Bond’s thoughts on the matter:
Thanks are due to the brutally-frank Zambian vice president Guy Scott who last week pronounced, ‘I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States’, and to our own president Jacob Zuma for forcing a long-overdue debate, just as the World Economic Forum Africa summit opens in Cape Town: is Pretoria a destructive sub-imperialist power?
Two positions immediately hardened on Monday at the spiky, must-read ezine Daily Maverick, as Zuma declared the need for a ‘decisive intervention: an African Standby Force for rapid deployment in crisis areas.’ One stance – that of veteran US State Department official and now DM columnist Brooks Spector – encourages the extension of Pretoria’s power footprint for the sake of economic self-interest; the other – by health and human rights activist Sisonke Msimang – favours the revival of a Mandela-era rhetorical passion for continental human rights.
Anyone with a kitchen garden will know how fantastic it feels to cook with your very own organic veggies, herbs and fruits. It’s healthy, tastes a hundred times better than shop-bought varieties, saves money and once you’ve tried it, there’ll be no going back.
Charles Barnhoorn, author of The Bulb Book: A South African Gardener’s Guide, and Jane Griffiths, author of Jane’s Delicious Herbs, will be speaking at the Grand Designs Home and Garden Show later this month.
The event is being held at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg from Friday 24 May to Sunday 26 May and tickets are available from Webtickets. They will be speaking at The Gardener Theatre with Barnhoorn speaking on Friday 24 at 11 AM and Griffiths speaking at 1:15 PM on the Friday, 12:30 PM on the Saturday and 2 PM on the Sunday.
Don’t miss it!
Jannous Aukema attended Lesley Green’s recent seminar at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (Huma), titled “Parliaments, Nature, and Science Studies in the South”, which formed part of Huma’s Science and Scandal lecture series.
Aukema reports that the phrase “Green is the new white” encapsulates much of what Green discussed, regarding the way in which conservation issues “are intrinsically tied to socio-economic questions of land ownership and class”.
Leslie Green’s seminar under the “Science and Scandal” series raises a number of interesting thoughts and questions. Speaking on “Parliaments, Nature, and Science Studies in the South” at Huma on 15 April 2013, Lesley Green presented a compelling seminar on the complex state of environmental conservationism in South Africa, and particularly the lobster industry in Cape Town. Bringing to the fore questions of environmental rights, multiple environmental discourses, and the politics of the environment, Green outlined some of the current and long-standing problems inherent in South Africa’s environmental program.
In the preface to Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below, Patrick Bond reflects on how the politics of climate justice are evident just kilometres from his home in Durban where a fire at an Engen fuel refinery left over 100 school children in hospital in 2011.
Read the preface and part of Chapter One: