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2020 Global Summit to End Cages

  By Georgina Blumears Cage-Free Eggs Campaign Coordinator     2020 Global Summit to End Cages   “The Global Summit to End Cages is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from other activists from all areas and experience levels. The summit strengthens us as a team and deepens our sense of community. Together, we will achieve a cage-free future, not only in our own homes but across the globe”.    The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) continued its tradition of hosting a Global...

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Building resilience within and beyond our Covid world: Thoughts from the Karoo FLEAT community

We hosted our second Karoo Faith Leaders Environmental Training (Karoo FLEAT) workshop on 23rd and 24th June. This time around, the group of faith leaders gathered virtually for their two-day workshop. On the first day of the workshop, the group of faith leaders discussed what it means to build community resilience. Read the report by Kate Davies below. On the second day of the workshop, the group engaged on the topic of Food and Climate Change, explored their Green Action Week actions, and...

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Faith, hope and love in a time of COVID-19

By Kate Davies  The unfolding of the Covid 19 pandemic is a tragedy of global proportions, bringing with it an immeasurable breadth and depth of human suffering and panic. How do we find hope in such uncertain times? How do we respond and sustain a steadfast faith? Embedded in all our faith traditions are stories of suffering and hardship, of plagues, famines and pestilence, of loneliness and despair. Through these, we are tested to the limits. But, we are called to be strong and very...

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Southern Africa – Feeling the Effects of the Climate Crisis

By Robyn Bowden “More than 11-million people are now experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity” due to the “deepening drought and climate crisis” and this “number will likely rise in the coming months.” This news came through a  joint call for support, issued late last year, from the United Nation’s (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  The nine countries most affected by severe levels of food...

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SAFCEI attends the Western Cape NERSA hearings

By Georgina Blumears January saw SAFCEI and faith leaders back, at what seems to be becoming an annual event, a public consultation on rising electricity costs.  At the latest public hearings held by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) Eskom is looking to recoup R27.3-billion to cover its costs from the 2018/19 financial year, meaning electricity tariffs may rise by 12-17% next year. Ahead of the hearings, we sent NERSA our objections. The hearings for the Western Cape took...

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FLEAT Karoo 2019

  We hosted our first Karoo Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) workshop in Graaff-Reinet from 19th to 21st November. Faith leaders from the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas engaged on issues around water, land, biodiversity loss, food, climate and energy. The group joined the march against fracking in the region and prayed for the community of Graaff-Reinet currently affected by the severe drought. I am in Graaff Reinet whose dam has run out of water. We as SAFCEI,...

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