Sven Peek interviewed by David Wiley May 7, 2006 Durban, South Africa.
"I often say that what we need to go back to in South Africa ... is a type of raw mobilization."
Peek argues that, in post-apartheid South Africa, there still is a need for popular organizing as well as negotiation in order to be effective.
Sven (Bobby) Peek grew up in the Coloured township of Wentworth in South Durban, an area surrounded by oil refineries and other chemical industries. He became active in the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), and he received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1998. He now directs Groundwork, a national South African environmental justice organization affiliated with Friends of the Earth.