Renewable Energy Festival puts power in people’s hands | WWF South Africa

Renewable Energy Festival puts power in people’s hands



Posted on 09 February 2014
The Panda made its presence felt during the Renewable Energy Festival, which attracted almost 6 000 visitors.
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In a first for South Africa, WWF, the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the City of Cape Town co-hosted an open festival dedicated to renewable energy. The venue, the city’s Green Point Urban Park, saw almost 6 000 environmentally minded visitors pass through on Saturday, 8 February.

Energy experts, artists, musicians, crafters, activists, business people and the public came to the festival from all over Cape Town as well as surrounding areas in the province.

The aim of the festival was to grow public support for the use of renewable energy as a solution to South Africa’s triple crises of energy, environment and unemployment. Climate change and its economic, social and environmental impact are matters of pressing global concern and the battle between the use of fossil fuels and renewable energy is proving to be a new site of economic strife.

Festival goers attended educational seminars and debates and a mini film festival focusing on hot topics such as ‘fracking’ and nuclear power. There also was an interactive exhibition showcasing renewable energy technology and projects. Meanwhile, the event was sound-tracked by a line-up of top musical talent include Hot Water, the Gugulethu Tenors and Matthew Gold and The Kiffness.

“It was fantastic to see so many people participate in the various learning forums and visit the exhibitors to learn more about renewables and climate change,” said Saliem Fakir, the Head of WWF’s Living Planet Unit. “But more importantly it showed that South Africans want to know more about renewables, and events such as this one are important for informing the public and communities about energy issues.” 
The Panda made its presence felt during the Renewable Energy Festival, which attracted almost 6 000 visitors.
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Local band Hot Water brought an energy all of their own making on the stage.
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The Renewable Energy Festival gave great exposure to the AIDC’s One Million Climate Jobs campaign, an alliance of labour, social movements and civil society in South Africa which campaigns for job creation aligned with solutions to the threat of climate change.
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