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Saliem Fakir - Low Carbon Future
Micro-arguments and the process of large change – Part 1
By: Saliem Fakir 10th March 2023 ‘All men (women) are intellectuals . . . but not all men (women) have in society the function of intellectuals.” – Gramsci. It seems incremental... →
Is Eskom a dead project?
By: Saliem Fakir 17th February 2023 “Where you arrive does not matter so much as what sort of person you are when you arrive there.” – Seneca, letter XXVIII. Our coal situation is... →
Green hydrogen - reflections on the new green gold
By: Saliem Fakir 20th January 2023 South Africa had its first investor and policy summit in Cape Town in late November when President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the hydrogen conference.... →
Lost and damaged: reflections on COP27
By: Saliem Fakir 16th December 2022 Yes, I was in Sharm El Shaik, Egypt, attending the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change... →
Value of stability for political and economic progress
By: Saliem Fakir 11th November 2022 Stability can be a recurrent fable that we tell ourselves that we have in order to preserve the idea of the ‘good’ life – sometimes at the expense... →
Extraction: it’s everywhere and on everything
By: Saliem Fakir 7th October 2022 “We live not only in a market economy but more generally in a market society – that is to say, a space of civilisation where all human relations... →
Europe’s gas addiction undermining Africa’s energy transition
By: Saliem Fakir 9th September 2022 The sad thing about the Russia-Ukraine war is that the 1.5 oC-aligned energy transition looks set to be interrupted once again. We are here today... →
Reflections on ESG, net zero and corporate citizenship
By: Saliem Fakir 12th August 2022 It is important to locate environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and net-zero targets in the context of corporate citizenship today.... →
Inflation, climate change and fossil fuels – we enter a new crisis
By: Saliem Fakir 29th July 2022 Who would have thought that we would enter a new inflationary era? Even US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen was caught off guard by the... →
Africa can decarbonise faster than the rest of the world
By: Saliem Fakir 3rd June 2022 It is oxymoronic to talk of Africa decarbonising – with the exception of South Africa and a few other countries, the continent has the lowest per... →