Theme 1: Environmental Humanities and the media


The media is instrumental in providing the South African public with an awareness of environmental concerns. However, the increased public awareness does not necessarily lead to public action. In the most part this is attributed to the media casting environmental concerns in a “negative light, focusing primarily on stories of catastrophes and political shortcomings rather than solutions” (Grant & Lawhon 2014:43). Therefore there is a need to analyse and critique the media’s reporting of environmental concerns.


The students were tasked to provide an Environmental Humanities analysis and critique of an environmental issue that has recently been reported in the media.

A selection of the students’ blogs can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

Acid mine drainage

Air pollution


Canned lion hunting

Coal-fired power stations

Coal mining 





Global warming

Hartbeespoort dam pollution

Pollution caused by plastic shopping bags


Mining pollution

Ocean acidification

Rhino poaching

Sewage pollution 

Waste management


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