Help om die Karoo te red…

Stop fracking


Hi vriende,

Verskoon die buitengewone artikel, maar die probleem benodig buitengewone aksie.

Ek neem aan julle is almal bewus van Shell (en ander kleiner maatskappye) se planne om te prospekteer vir skalie gas in die Karoo. Die proses hou ernstige nagevolge in vir ons pragtige stukkie aarde en die Karoo soos ons hom ken sal vir altyd verlore wees indien die idee nie in die kiem gesmoor word nie.

Grondpad trek ‘n gesonde 300+ hits per maand. Ek het besluit die minste wat ek kan doen is om ook net iets oor die probleem wat die Karoo in die gesig staar hier te plaas. Al lees 10 mense dit is dit die moeite werd.

Ek en my neefs het ook ‘n paar hemde laat maak (Pieter Ernst het vir ons hiervoor gesorg). Ons wil die hemde verkoop vir R100 stuk en alle geld wat daaruit gemaak word sal dan geskenk word aan die ‘Treasure the Karoo Action Group‘ . Laat weet gerus as julle belang stel. Dit is wit hemde met die logo soos aan die begin van hierdie post en word vir R100 verkoop. Enige groter donasies welkom – dit gaan vir ‘n goeie doel!

Vat dan so bietjie tyd en lees die volgende toespraak soos deur Lewis Pugh gelewer (die ou wat so deur die ys swem) by verlede Vrydag se openbare besprekingsessie in die Kaap aangaande die situasie.


Speech by
Lewis Pugh, OIG

Cape Town – 25 March 2011


Ladies and gentlemen, thank for the opportunity to address you. My
name is Lewis Pugh.

This evening, I want to take you back to the early 1990¹s in this country.
You may remember them well.

Nelson Mandela had been released. There was euphoria in the air.
However, there was also widespread violence and deep fear. This
country teetered on the brink of a civil war. But somehow, somehow,
we averted it. It was a miracle!

And it happened because we had incredible leaders. Leaders who sought
calm. Leaders who had vision. So in spite of all the violence, they sat
down and negotiated a New Constitution.

I will never forget holding the Constitution in my hands for the first
time. I was a young law student at the University of Cape Town. This was
the cement that brought peace to our land. This was the document,
which held our country together. The rights contained herein, made us

I remember thinking to myself – never again will the Rights of South
Africans be trampled upon.

Now every one of us – every man and every women – black, white,
coloured, Indian, believer and non believer – has the right to vote.
We all have the Right to Life. And our children have the right to a
basic education. These rights are enshrined in our Constitution.

These rights were the dreams of Oliver Tambo. These rights were the
dreams of Nelson Mandela. These rights were the dreams of Mahatma
Gandhi, of Desmond Tutu and of Molly Blackburn. These rights were our

People fought ­ and died ­ so that we could enjoy these rights today.

Also enshrined in our Constitution, is the Right to a Healthy
Environment and the Right to Water. Our Constitution states that we

“the Right to have our environment protected for the benefit of our
generation and for the benefit of future generations.”

Fellow South Africans, let us not dishonour these rights. Let us not
dishonour those men and women who fought and died for these rights.
Let us not allow corporate greed to disrespect our Constitution and
desecrate our environment.

Never, ever did I think that there would be a debate in this arid
country about which was more important ­ gas or water. We can survive
without gas.

We cannot live without water.

If we damage our limited water supply ­ and fracking will do just that
­ we will have conflict again here in South Africa. Look around the
world. Wherever you damage the environment you have conflict.

Fellow South Africans, we have had enough conflict in this land ­ now
is the time for peace.

A few months ago I gave a speech with former President of Costa Rica.
Afterwards I asked him

“Mr President, how do you balance the demands of development against
the need to protect the environment?”

He looked at me and said

“It is not a balancing act. It is a simple business decision. If we
cut down our forests in Costa Rica to satisfy a timber company, what
will be left for our future?”

But he pointed out

“It is also a moral decision. It would be morally wrong to chop down
our forests and leave nothing for my children and my grandchildren.”

Ladies and gentlemen, that is what is at stake here today: Our
children¹s future. And that of our children¹s children.

There may be gas beneath our ground in the Karoo. But are we prepared
to destroy our environment for 5 to 10 years worth of fossil fuel and
further damage our climate?

Yes, people will be employed ­ but for a short while. And when the
drilling is over, and Shell have packed their bags and disappeared,
then what? Who will be there to clean up? And what jobs will our
children be able to etch out?

Now Shell will tell you that their intentions are honourable. That
fracking in the Karoo will not damage our environment. That they will
not contaminate our precious water. That they will bring jobs to South
Africa. That gas is clean and green. And that they will help secure our
energy supplies.

When I hear this ­ I have one burning question. Why should we trust them?
Africa is to Shell what the Gulf of Mexico is to BP.

Shell, you have a shocking record here in Africa. Just look at your
operations in Nigeria. You have spilt more than 9 million barrels of
crude oil into the Niger Delta. That¹s twice the amount of oil that
BP spilt into the Gulf of Mexico.

You were found guilty of bribing Nigerian officials ­ and to make the
case go away in America – you paid an admission of guilt fine of US$48

And to top it all, you stand accused of being complicit in the
execution of Nigeria¹s leading environmental campaigner ­ Ken
Saro-Wira and 8 other activists.

If you were innocent, why did you pay US$15.5 million to the widows
and children to settle the case out of Court?

Shell, the path you want us to take us down is not sustainable. I
have visited the Arctic for 7 summers in a row. I have seen the tundra
thawing. I have seen the retreating glaciers. And I have seen the melting sea ice.
And I have seen the impact of global warming from the Himalayas all
the way down to the low-lying Maldive Islands. Wherever I go ­ I see it.

Now is the time for change. We cannot drill our way out of the energy
crisis. The era of fossil fuels is over. We must invest in renewable
energy. And we must not delay!

Shell, we look to the north of our continent and we see how people got
tired of political tyranny. We have watched as despots, who have
ruled ruthlessly year after year, have been toppled in a matter of weeks.

We too are tired. Tired of corporate tyranny. Tired of your short
term, unsustainable practices.

We watched as Dr Ian Player, a game ranger from Natal, and his
friends, took on Rio Tinto (one of the biggest mining companies in the
world) and won.

And we watched as young activists from across Europe, brought you down
to your knees, when you tried to dump an enormous oilrig into the North

Shell, we do not want our Karoo to become another Niger Delta.

Do not underestimate us. Goliath can be brought down. We are proud
of what we have achieved in this young democracy ­ and we are not
about to let your company come in and destroy it.

So let this be a Call to Arms to everyone across South Africa, who is
sitting in the shadow of Goliath: Stand up and demand these
fundamental human rights promised to you by our Constitution. Use
your voices – tweet, blog, petition, rally the weight of your neighbours
and of people in power. Let us speak out from every hilltop. Let us not go quietly into this
bleak future.

Let me end off by saying this – You have lit a fire in our bellies,
which no man or woman can extinguish. And if we need to, we will take
this fight all the way from your petrol pumps to the very highest
Court in this land. We will take this fight from the farms and towns
of the Karoo to the streets of London and Amsterdam. And we will take
this fight to every one of your shareholders. And I have no doubt,
that in the end, good will triumph over evil.

Hier is die video van die toespraak as iemand dit dalk wou sien…

Standing Up To Goliath from Green Renaissance on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Random

1 Comment to Help om die Karoo te red…

  • pietskiet says:

    pragtig man! ek soek 84 t-shirts asseblief, almal large!

    F*K Shell, F*k die regering en F*K SOKKER!!

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