Liz believes that good environmental practice underpins human survival. It is not a luxury but a necessity and everyone of us needs to change the way we look at our natural environment. Power, Politics, secrecy and the manner in which our very economic structure operate are leading to our own destruction and in South Africa, we are faced with stark reminders of this everyday life. Trained as a scientist with a BSc from the University of Cape Town, and with a post graduate diploma in higher education, Liz McDaid also has a MSc in Climate Change and Development from the African Climate Development Institute at the University of Cape Town, She currently works in a number of eco-justice areas: One area of work includes research, policy analysis and submissions and presentations to government policies and programmes. Core to any inputs is the demand for transparency, sharing of full information and meaningful public participation. Issues include renewable energy, health implications of coal fired power stations as well as energy poverty, decentralised energy solutions, and the implications of climate change mitigation measures such as the carbon tax.
The Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johburg are taking the South African government to court over the alleged illegal nuclear procurement deal. This has involved challenging the secrecy around the procurement and the lack of public participation. Liz has been representing SAFCEI in the ethical governance engagement around this. Liz also works at local community level, providing energy audits training and advice to enable people to respond to climate change in their daily lives. During 2016, Liz facilitated workshops in Tanzania, Kenya, and Malawi as well as engaging with South African government. Liz also works with groundwork, Project90, SEA, WWF and is part of the Energy Governance SA network, and as part of Green Connection is the local representative of the international WRI Electricity Governance Initiative.