Michelle Simon

Michelle Simon's bio

Michelle Simon is a professional environmental scientist and filmmaker. She has 17 years of formal experience across the sectors (civil society, government, academia and private) with a 20 years history as a socio-enviro-political activist. She has priorities her work to focus on the delivery of human rights shelter and basic service needs such as water and sanitation. She has also enforced compliance of developers by protecting natural resources such as rivers, wetlands and groundwater and designed projects at an environmental level to include food security, rainwater harvesting, waste recycling and energy efficiency.

Her work arises from both lived experience and professional experience. Her lived experience formed from birth as an affected person on the receiving end of the externalities of toxic pollution by multinational corporations in one of the world’s most polluted areas, the South Durban Basin in South Africa. The forced apartheid planning of placing the most toxic industry on the doorsteps of black communities predestined her life as a socio-politico-environmental activist and set the pace for her career as a professional scientist delving into the very issues she and countless others were subjected too. As negative as her lived experience was, it grounded her and was fundamental in creating her relentless convictions on protecting the earth and all who lived on it. It also harnessed her appreciation of nature as limited as it was back in apartheid to black communities, nature, green spaces where held in check and so conservation was racist in access.

However, the battles for human rights, environmental justice and social and political freedom where not separate, working as a grassroots activist from the age of 15 years old, she learned that all activists had one common goal, to protect those who needed protection and this included the voiceless wildlife. She grew up breathing polluted air, frolicking in toxic water, playing in oil drenched sand, none the wiser that this was not nature but the ruthless force of unconscionable industry coupled with a racist regime.

Trash Islands

Posted Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:38:14 GMT by Michelle Simon

Searing Temperatures for the US

Posted Sun, 14 Oct 2012 13:22:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Seal Culling in Namibia

Posted Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:33:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Remediating the Hudson River

Posted Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:53:41 GMT by Michelle Simon

Dragonflies - Indicator Species of Environmental Health

Posted Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:30:17 GMT by Michelle Simon

Blue Carbon

Posted Tue, 29 May 2012 14:44:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Pesticides Killing Bees

Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 12:55:01 GMT by Michelle Simon

Sewage 'Right to Know' Groundbreaking Legislation

Posted Tue, 08 May 2012 15:11:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Dundee cyanide water pollution

Posted Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:35:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Uranium: Mining to Power to Weapons

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:49:01 GMT by Michelle Simon

Frack the Earth, Frack the Water!

Posted Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:33:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 17: Week 2

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:24:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Timber plantations are not forests

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:40:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Positive of COP 17: Increase in Women Leadership

Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2011 09:31:01 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 17: African Group negotiators protecting climate victims

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:03:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

SA's Green Economy Accord

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:06:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 18 destination announcement

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:56:31 GMT by Michelle Simon

Canada Bailing on Kyoto Protocol

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:20:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

South Africa's Contradictory New Development with mega-carbon footprints

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:14:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 17/ CMP 7: Day 1, Durban

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:49:14 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 17/ CMP 7: Chronology of Talks-Papers vs. Action

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:36:10 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 17/ CMP 7: Another Talk-Shop, Green-Washing or Radical Action?

Posted Thu, 24 Nov 2011 07:35:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Fishing for Food

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:06:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Unseasonal Floods - Climate Change?

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 06:57:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

The Value of Open Spaces to Disadvantaged Poor Communities

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:31:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Electron Bolt Lightning Science

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2011 07:55:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Nuclear Age: Another of Humanity's Disastrous Decisions

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Magnitude 9.0: When the Earth Quaked and the Ocean Raged

Posted Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:55:41 GMT by Michelle Simon

EU and US Playing Dirty Tariffs on Solar to Impede China

Posted Sat, 08 Sep 2012 13:01:03 GMT by Michelle Simon

Killing Simbas: Lion Trade

Posted Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:21:45 GMT by Michelle Simon

Greyhound Racing - Cruel Human Entertainment

Posted Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:15:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

Japan's Whaling in Antarctica

Posted Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

South African Frackers

Posted Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:23:11 GMT by Michelle Simon

COP 17 - Sabotage

Posted Fri, 09 Dec 2011 08:00:00 GMT by Michelle Simon