Renewable energy is key to ending our dependency on fossil fuels. The materials needed to make solar panels, electric car batteries, windmills and other green energy technologies, however, are often extracted without considering their impact on surrounding communities. Most of the materials are mined in the Global South, including South Africa, which houses many manganese mines.
During this evening, women from mining communities in South Africa will share their struggles as they deal with mining companies that make them poorer, sicker and much less safe. We will also dig into how we can address these injustices, while still allowing for the green revolution we so desperately need. If we don’t make our energy transition a just, feminist one, it will recreate colonial structures where once again women in the Global South pay the highest price.
This event, organised by ActionAid Nederland, will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. You can sign up for it through their website here. The event is free, so please sign up as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!