Eco activist addresses environmental justice

Desmond D'Sa at the Port of Durban, South Africa.

THE Botanical Society of South Africa KZN Coastal Branch presents an illustrated talk entitled Environmental Justice – and threats to it on Monday 27 August at Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre at 5.30pm for 6pm.

The August speaker is tireless campaigner Dr Desmond D’Sa of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), whose motto is ‘The Right to Know, The Duty to Inquire, The Obligation to Act’.

Des will talk about injustices that have faced South Durban and that, in fact, affect all citizens. Vocal and vigilant, Des has spoken out fearlessly on behalf of the poor and marginalised on issues like air pollution, trucking, offshore gas and oil exploration drilling, the proposed port development, Clairwood Park development, and market gardeners’ and fishermen’s rights.

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With SDCEA he has educated the community and youth on broader economic and political issues as well as facilitated practical skills development. Winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize that acknowledges unsung heroes and the difference one person can make, Des was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences from DUT in 2015.

All welcome. Entrance including tea at the start is R30 for BotSoc members, R50 for visitors and R20 for students. Proceeds go to BotSoc branch projects.

No need to book. Contact 031 201 5111, 071 869 3693 or email: [email protected]

 

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