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Blogs from around Africa.

  • This weekend, Greenpeace will be casting some bright, solar-powered light over all the ways we can use renewables now!

    We're hosting a renewable energy-powered picnic at Soweto's Mofolo Park from 10am on Saturday 12 November.

    We will be showcasing... Read more >

  • Stolen Futures: Conflicts and Logging in Congo's Rainforests - the case of Danzer

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - November 8, 2011 at 11:53 1 comment

    Logging truck on the Siforco road

    Logging truck on the Siforco road between Engengele and Kpenge in the confession K-8 near Bumba. © Thomas Einberger / Greenpeace

     

    In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) violence associated with logging companies is not uncommon, but evidence and testimonies collected by Greenpeace show that the Yalisika community of Bosanga was punished with exceptional violence... Read more >

  • Kusile: Climate Killer

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - November 7, 2011 at 9:34 10 comments

    Greenpeace Action at Kusile Power Plant, South Africa

    Greenpeace activists chain themselves to the front gate of the construction site of Kusile coal plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa, in protest of South Africa's addiction to coal power. © Greenpeace / Shayne Robinson

     

    Today, Greenpeace Africa has brought something very far away from the minds of most South Africans to the top of talking trends. "Confronting Kusile" is the phrase making the rounds online this morning, and it's got many regular South Africa... Read more >

  • Confronting Kusile: An Activist's View

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - November 7, 2011 at 6:41 12 comments

    Protest action at Kusile Power Plant, South Africa

    Greenpeace activists scaled a crane on the construction site of Kusile power plant in South Africa to protest their country's complete reliance on coal power. © Greenpeace / Michael Baillie

     

    This morning i'm writing from the top a 110m high crane inside the construction plant of Eskom's next collosal coal-fired power station, Kusile.

    I'm here with five other climbers to highlight the true cost of coal power in South Africa. Our... Read more >

  • Action at Kusile Power Station in Africa

    Greenpeace activists hang from a crane inside Eskom's Kusile power plant in the Delmas municipal area of the Mpumalanga province, with banners reading 'Kusile: Climate Killer'. Greenpeace is calling on the state owned utility ESKOM to abandon Kusile coal fired power plant, which is set to become world’s fourth most polluting power plant in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and to instead invest in both green energy sources and jobs. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

     

    South Africa has a fossil fuel addiction. Our drug of choice? Coal. And at a time when actions affecting the climate in any way should be taken with great care, our government continues blindly to cultivate its infatuation with this dirty, s... Read more >

  • Action at Eskom Megawatt Park in Africa

    Activists from Greenpeace Africa drive three dumper trucks filled with coal to the front of the Eskom Megawatt Park to unload five tonnes of the rock outside their offices. Effectively blocking one of the entrances to the building with the coal. The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable energy projects. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

     

    South Africa has a coal addiction. But just because something is a habit, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t quit.

    It didn’t take Eskom long to respond to the staggering results of our recent report “The True Cost of Coal in South Africa: paying th... Read more >

  • Last week, the tech and business media were all a-twitter about Facebook, after news that company will start constructing its first datacentre outside the United States, close to the Arctic Circle, in Luleå, Sweden.

    The centre will use the frigid l... Read more >

  • What Coal Costs The Citizens Of South Africa

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - October 31, 2011 at 10:17

    Action at Eskom Megawatt Park in Africa

    Activists from Greenpeace Africa drive three dumper trucks filled with coal to the front of the Eskom Megawatt Park to unload five tonnes of the rock outside their offices. Effectively blocking one of the entrances to the building with the coal. The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable energy projects. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

     

    Our new ground-breaking report, The True Cost Of Coal reveals what South Africa's addiction to coal is really costing the country. But beneath all the alarming stats and figures, there is a very real human picture of how coal is affecting So... Read more >

  • Greenpeace Volunteers in South Africa

    Greenpeace volunteers Mohau, 18, and Allen, 16, give each other a high five for collecting 54 signature for a petition about the use of solar energy. The Jericho project, a solar powered public viewing area for the World Cup, was initiated by Greenpeace Africa, marrying entertainment with education and proving how solar power has to be the solution for South Africa's energy crisis. © Benedicte Kurzen / Greenpeace

    If you thought power cuts from our inadequate centralized energy supply were annoying, imagine if the power were always cut - no light at night, no hot water for dishes or clothes, and no easy heat in winter.

    Such is the reality for 2.5 mill... Read more >

  • The True Cost of Kusile

    A graphic representation of Kusile's carbon output. Greenpeace / Michael Baillie

    You’ll often hear that renewable energy is a nice idea, but it’s simply too expensive to be a realistic option. The choice between burning coal and switching to renewable energy is said to be a simple cost calculation – one tha... Read more >

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