Environmental impact

Environmental impact

Eco-savvy new minister favours nature-based solutions.

Barbara Creecy had been in office as the new Environment minister for just two weeks when she was slapped with a major court action over the government’s appalling progress in cleaning up air pollution in the Mpumalanga Highveld.

Environmental groups Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action and groundWork submitted more than 500 pages of court papers demanding that the government clean up the area’s killer air.

Represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, the groups said the government had violated the constitutional right of the people who live and work in the Highveld Priority Area to a healthy environment, having failed to improve the dangerous air pollution levels – mainly caused by 12 of Eskom’s coal-fired power stations.

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