This podcast series has been developed and made possible with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, The ACRP has been authorised to publish the podcasts on its website for dissemination purposes.

This series of podcasts explores pathways for climate justice in the Anthropocene – a geological epoch shaped by humans. Should we become stewards of our planet or live in harmony with nature to achieve a good life for all?

The podcasts take the listeners on a journey to find out how we can reach the Paris goals. Through the lens of activists, experts, and scientists around the world, they offer a reflection on this exciting challenge and explore paths that might lead us into a better future.

#BreakFree from fossil fuels and change climate change!

Break Free is a people-centered movement that is powered by people standing up to take action against fossil fuels and to drive change. At the heart of Break Free are the individuals, families, and communities harmed by the pollution from coal power plants, the people who have felt first-hand the impacts of extreme droughts and flooding caused by climate change, and the communities that have been marginalised and displaced because of fossil fuel projects.

Break Free is not a campaign led by any one organisation. It’s a movement made up of NGOs and broader civil society, grassroots groups, and ordinary people that feel compelled to fight for a world without fossil fuels. In Africa, the Break Free movement consists of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Greenpeace Africa, 350africa.org and the African Climate Reality Project, along with grassroots communities.

As a part of this movement and leading up to Africa Day, we produced a Break Free radio series to help spread the Break Free message into coal-affected communities of South Africa.

#BreakFree from #climatechange: Episode 1

Episode 1 covers the basics of what climate change really is, with a climate change radio drama in Zulu (find this in other languages in our podcast resources), and interviews with Arese Ojelede – African Climate Reality Leader and Occupational health, safety and environmental consultant in Nigeria, and Gillian Hamilton, African Climate Reality’s branch manager.

#BreakFree from #climatechange: Episode 2

Episode 2 gets into how the burning of fossil fuels is not only the leading cause of climate change, but also has extreme negative social and health impacts on coal-affected communities. We discuss the proposed, and unnecessary, coal-fired power stations in South Africa, and interview Andries Mocheko of the Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum and community member of Lephahale, a coal-affected community. We also chat to David Le Page from Fossil Free South Africa about divesting from fossil fuels.


These podcasts are intended to raise public awareness about the importance of renewable energy to prevent further climate change, and encourage citizens and communities to advocate with their political representatives to shift their city to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

The podcasts are available in English, Sesotho and isiZulu.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

—Margaret Mead