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Why We Must Transform Eskom!

Is there a way to save Eskom, manage the climate crisis, protect jobs, and keep electricity a public service all at the same time? For a while now, an international coalition of trade unionists, researchers, and environmental groups under the banner of the Eskom Research Reference Group has been working on a research document that answers “Yes!” to all of the above. In anticipation of this document’s launch on the 23rd of July, Keamogetswe  Seipato of the AIDC joined Sandra van Niekerk of the Reference Group for a conversation around some of the key elements of this research.  #EskomTransformed: Achieving a Just Energy Transition for South Africa.


22 Jul 2020

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How to Stop Climate Change (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 6)

This episode outlines the various ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in pursuit of preventing a 1.5°C increase. Timestamps: 1:27 - The overall solution 2:05 - What is a climate model? 3:18 - 1.5 to stay alive 4:23 - How to reduce emissions 6:20 - Nature as a solution 7:20 - Carbon sequestration 9:55 - Going net-zero 10:26 - Not just solutions to climate change 12:02 - The puzzle of climate change Key questions: What needs to happen to stop climate catastrophe? How does nature help us in stopping climate change? What are the alternatives to releasing emissions, why are they appealing? Additional materials: IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC (Summary) https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2019/05/SR15_SPM_version_report_LR.pdf Climate solutions https://drawdown.org/solutions One million climate jobs http://aidc.org.za/download/climate-change/OMCJ-booklet-AIDC-electronic-version.pdf Miguel Altieri: On agroecology, and why it is the solution to hunger and food security https://www.tni.org/en/article/miguel-altieri-on-agroecology-and-why-it-is-the-solution-to-hunger-and-food-security Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.


23 Jun 2020

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Climate Justice (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 5)

The episode unpacks the two major components of climate injustice. Firstly, the uneven contribution of emissions by countries, individuals, and corporations, both presently and historically. Secondly, the uneven effects of the climate impacts, on both developing nations/global south and on the poor and working-class. Timestamps: 1:59 - What do we mean by justice? 3:12 - The core components of climate injustice 3:38 - Country contributions to climate change 4:54 - South Africa’s role 6:01 - Historical emissions 8:19 - Class contribution to emissions 10:10 – Uneven impacts of climate change 10:17 – Example of cyclones and hurricanes Key questions: Why is climate change an issue of justice? Who is responsible for climate change? Who and how will climate change affect differently? Additional materials: Climate justice - in depth http://www.foeeurope.org/climate-justice-in-depth The unfair burden of climate change https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/unfair-burden-climate-change Who has contributed most to global CO2 emissions? https://ourworldindata.org/contributed-most-global-co2 World's richest 10% produce half of global carbon emissions, says Oxfam https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/02/worlds-richest-10-produce-half-of-global-carbon-emissions-says-oxfam Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.


22 Jun 2020

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Part 2 of the Impacts of Climate Change (Systems Change not Climate Change Ep 4)

The second episode on the impacts of climate change that focuses on the melting of ice as well as storms. Some other impacts are touched upon. Timestamps: 1:11 - Recap 2:28 - Why the melting ice matters 4:02 - How sea-level rise happens 5:25 - Why sea-level rise matters 7:24 - Melting of sea-ice 8:53 - Storms 9:19 - Cyclone Idai 10:52 – Other impacts Key questions: What are the impacts of the ice melting in the arctic? What’s the difference between the melting of sea-ice and ice on land? How does climate change affect storms? What are some other impacts of climate change? Additional materials: Sea-level rise explained https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/ Cold and calculating: what the two different types of ice do to sea levels https://theconversation.com/cold-and-calculating-what-the-two-different-types-of-ice-do-to-sea-levels-59996 2019 Cyclone Idai: Facts, FAQs, and how to help https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/2019-cyclone-idai-facts Hurricanes and Climate Change https://www.c2es.org/content/hurricanes-and-climate-change/ Climate Change Will Expose Half of World’s Population to Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes By 2050 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/climate-change-will-expose-half-of-worlds-population-to-disease-spreading-mosquitoes-by-2050 Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.


22 Jun 2020

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Part 1 of the Impacts of Climate Change (Systems Change Not Climate Change Ep 3)

The first episode on the impacts of climate change that introduces the feedback loop process and explains how climate change creates droughts and wildfires. Timestamps 1:00 – Recap 1:57 – Why a 1°C increase matters 2:42 – Why we say climate change 4:44 - Droughts 5:54 – Feedback loops 6:26 – Droughts as a feedback loop 7:32 – The Cape Town drought 8:38 - Wildfires 10:17 – Arctic wildfires 11:06 – Arctic wildfires as a feedback loop Questions Does a 1°C increase matter? Why do we usually call it climate change instead of global warming? How do impacts of climate change interact with one another, what is this process called? Links Temperatures: Warming projections https://climateactiontracker.org/global/temperatures/ Arctic fire fills the skies with soot. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145380/arctic-fires-fill-the-skies-with-soot How feedback loops are making the climate crisis worse. https://climaterealityproject.org/blog/how-feedback-loops-are-making-climate-crisis-worse Drought and climate change. https://www.c2es.org/content/drought-and-climate-change/ Harsh winters under climate change https://climatekids.nasa.gov/harsh-winter/ Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.


22 Jun 2020

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Emissions - Systems Change Not Climate Change (Ep2)

The episode gives an overview of emissions: what they are, the important ones with regards to climate change, and where they come from. Additional materials: Emissions by sector with interactive infographics. https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/02/greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-country-sector The carbon cycle https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/CarbonCycle What is methane? https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a28858699/what-is-methane/ The F-gases https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas_en Key questions: · What are emissions? · Which gases the primary emissions causing climate change? · Where do each of these gases come from? Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.


19 Jun 2020

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Global Heating - Systems Change not Climate Change (Ep1)

This episode explains the processes that warm the earth and why global heating is different to the usual, natural processes. Key questions: How is 'climate' related to 'weather'? What are 'greenhouse gases' and how they affect the earth’s temperature? What is the difference between the 'greenhouse effect' and 'global heating'? Additional learning materials: Greenhouse Effect 101 https://www.nrdc.org/stories/greenhouse-effect-101 Image of Greenhouse Effect https://climatechange.lta.org/wp-content/uploads/cct/2015/02/Greenhouse-effect.jpg Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/weather-vs-climate Visit us at: https://www.aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/   


19 Jun 2020

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Systems Change Not Climate Change - Intro

Welcome to System Change not Climate Change, an audible course for activists on the climate crisis! The course is primarily aimed at youth activists, particularly those in school, but is certainly suitable for adults as well. With that in mind, the course will aim to cover the basics, but there will also be something for those who already know a fair bit about climate change. Visit us at: https://aidc.org.za/systems-change-not-climate-change-podcast/ for more information.


19 Jun 2020

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Building a new Eskom: Fully Public and Serving the People

Building a new Eskom: Fully Public and Serving the People with Daniel Chavez, Sean Sweeney and Brian Ashley  The crisis at ESKOM must not be used to further liberalise and privatise the energy sector. The proposal to break-up ESKOM into different companies WILL lead to greater privatisation of the energy sector. Electricity will become more expensive and jobs will be lost. Another strategy is possible and necessary. A “New Eskom” is necessary. Eskom must remain publicly owned, but it must be radically transformed and the process of corporatization and marketization that began in the late 1980s must be reversed. AIDC together with NUMSA, NUM and other trade unions, supported by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and Transnational Institute are developing proposals for addressing the crisis of ESKOM in ways that enhance energy democracy and a just transition to a low carbon development path.   With inputs from Daniel Chavez (TNI), Sean Sweeney(TUED) and Brian Ashley (AIDC)

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16 Aug 2019

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Nationalism: Lessons from India with Vivek Chibber

"The on-going calls for ‘radical economic transformation’ as well as arguments about how lack of ‘economic freedom’ undermines political independence, sharply raise questions about the nature of the ideology that drove the liberation struggle, African nationalism. As we examine African nationalism, it is vital to reflect on nationalism that developed in other parts of the global South. India is good case study to consider. Emerging in the 1880s, Indian nationalism drove the struggle against British colonial rule and anchored the mass movement that won political independence in 1947." At a joint Amandla, Tshisimani and IFAA Forum on 2017 Vivek Chibber presented a lecture on Indian nationalism from the days of the Bombay Plan, which advocated strong economic planning measures, to the turn to neoliberalism. Chibber also touched on contemporary right-wing and ethnic nationalism in India. Chibber is an American-based academic, Marxist theorist and Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is the author of Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India (2003) and Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital (2013). 


14 Aug 2019

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