All welcome to seminars – to be skypecast – at the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal:

Durban Climate Politics and the Decommissioning of an Emissions Trade Pilot
Speakers: Khadija Sharife and Patrick Bond
Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Trading emissions to address climate change is one of the most controversial strategies of global environmental governance, and the pilot project in Durban – the Bisasar Road methane-to-electricity conversion project at Africa’s largest formal landfill, in Clare Estate – requires constant vigilance. Environmental racism, incineration toxicity, airborne particulates, divide-and-conquer politics and wastepicker abuse are some of the local problems. But a recent admission by a Durban municipal official that the Bisasar Road ‘Clean Development Mechanism’ (CDM) application made in 2004 was fraudulent (lacking ‘additionality’), merits the project’s decommissioning. How might such a process unfold in coming months, and what impact might it have on international emissions trading, on the CDM Policy Dialogue assessment led in the UN by former SA Environment Minister Valli Moosa (who had approved the Bisasar application at the time), and on Clare Estate communities? The seminar will be followed by a site visit. (Please contact if interested in joining the trip.)

Khadija Sharife is a former resident of Clare Estate; CCS’s coordinator of the Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade project; a post-graduate student of law and international economics at Liverpool University; and a writer for Africa Report, Capitalism Nature Socialism and numerous other periodicals. Patrick Bond is CCS Director and author of the recent UKZN Press book, Politics of Climate Justice, as well as other books that analyse carbon trading.

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