Refuse to Give Exemption to Polluters


Target: Dr. Thuli Mdluli, South African Air Quality Officer

Goal: Do not allow electric company to emit eight times the legal pollution limit

South African utility company Eskom wants an exemption from laws that regulate emissions standards at power plants. They are requesting that their plants to be allowed to emit up to eight times more pollution into the atmosphere than is acceptable. Their reasoning? The alternative would cost too much. And what’s more, Eskom refuses to review the studied health effects that this excess pollution would have on the citizens of South Africa and on the rest of the world.

These excess emissions are projected to cause approximately 20,000 premature deaths over the remaining life of the power plants, and approximately 1,600 of those deaths will occur in young children. Lung cancer, stroke, and lower respiratory disease, among others, are on the list of potential risks involved in this irresponsible request to pump our air full of even more pollution and toxins. In addition to air pollution, some 210 projected tons of mercury would be emitted, resulting in the loss of 280,000 IQ points collectively.

Eskom must comply with current emissions standards and look to the long term. They must think about whether or not the human race can survive without clean air or a clean atmosphere, not about how much money they want to make. South Africa’s air quality officer should consider whether he wants 20,000 deaths resting on his shoulders or wants to save those lives and take a step toward a cleaner, healthier Earth.


Dear Dr. Mdluli,

Please do not allow Eskom to increase its emissions. By refusing to be lenient about pollution, you will set an example for the rest of the world that no company is above the law when it comes to the health, happiness, and wellbeing of the Earth and its inhabitants. Eskom does not care about the welfare of South Africa and the world. It only cares about their bottom line.

Do not let this gross disregard for human wellbeing be put into practice. Additionally, by denying their unreasonable request, you will be saving thousands of lives. Show the world that what matters is not money, but clean energy and environmental awareness about the hazardous effects of emissions. Help to stop pollution today.


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