People or wildlife? Legal eagles spread their wings to cover both
An all-woman team of environmental rights activists in KZN has tapped into the human side of ecological challenges
When lawyer Kirsten Youens first got involved in the fight against mining in northern KwaZulu-Natal, she did it to protect the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Park, where an application for a coal mine just 250m away from the iconic reserve’s border was under way.
That was in 2014.
When she got on the ground, however, the realisation quickly struck that the anti-mining battle went beyond just the environment – it went to the very heart of people’s lives...