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Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Water Hungry Coal: Burning South Africa's water to produce coal
by Ebenaezer Appies

Getting to Johannesburg was an absolute mission in order to participate in Greenpeace Africa's protest at Meggawatt Park in Sunninghill last week. My flight was delayed by six hours (thanks Kulula.com) and having no no music on me did not help.

The trip from OR Tambo International Airport to Mellville was a slow and bumpy ride but I got to my destination in one piece—eight hours later!

Changing Eskom's Management

On the day activists confronted Eskom to publicly highlight that the utility has failed to deliver clean, affordable, accessible electricity to the people of this country, and demand a shift away from the use of coal to generate electricity.

We installed the new management members Bobby Peek (groundWork) as the new Eskom CEO, Makoma Lekalakala (Earthlife Africa) as the new Eskom Stakeholder Engagement Director, and Melita Steele (Greenpeace Africa) as the new Eskom Spokesperson.

Eskom's new management being arrested.

Eskom's 'New Management' will listen to all South Africans, and finally put the people of this country first by:

The Water Hungry Coal report is unnerving and I believe that all South Africans be very concerned because of our water scarcity status.

Tsebo and I attached to the main entrance of Eskom.

Thank God that I was wearing comfortable shoes. Due to the inaction of the security guards, Johannesburg Metro Police and the South African Police Service we were stuck there for hours before being confronted by the Special task forces. Now being confronted by men that look as if they just came from a guerrilla war in deep dark Africa is hectic. Tsebo and I had two very different methods of handling the confrontation by dozens of heavily armed men but the end result was the same, the back of a police van.

The etv journalist who covered the story provided for some light relief with his frantic running in and out of the building trying to get as much information as possible about the story.

Kgotso confronting Eskom in Johannesburg as a bewildered Eskom employee looks on.

I was a bit disheartened by the reaction of my social media friends, who have a 'television and newspaper knowledge' of Greenpeace, to the protest. May I just remind everyone that Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. Greenpeace has been working in Africa to end environmental destruction and fighting for the right of Africans to a healthy environment since the early 1990s.

Speaking truth to power with courage and imagination.

Coal's Hidden Water Cost

Water is a critical resource and under threat. Two of the recommendations of the report is that:

  1. the South African government should immediately prioritise renewable energy over water intensive coal fired electricity.
  2. Kusile should be cancelled and no further investment made in coal-fired power stations.

Environmental activists outside the Randburg Magistrate court where they appeared on a charge of trespassing.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
            —Margaret Mead

You can read more about Ebenaezer Appies's thoughts and activities at his blog, Ebenology.blogspot.com.

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