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  • Stepping Into The Solar-Powered Limelight

    Blogpost by The South African Sun - October 26, 2011 at 9:40 2 comments

    Solar Training Camp in Durban

    Greenpeace activists and volunteers celebrate the sun's power after a two week solar training camp held in Durban, South Africa in October 2011. © Greenpeace

    Lovely people,

    The South African Sun here. Can I have a few minutes of your time to boast about what I’ve been up to lately?

    You see, the fossil fools often quip that while solar power is a nice idea, it simply isn’t a viabl... Read more >

  • What Is The Future Of The Forests? DRC Youth Answer With Aplomb

    Blogpost by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule - October 25, 2011 at 14:05

    Forests Action on Illegal Timber in Antwerp

    Greenpeace activists discover a consignment of illegally logged timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Antwerp port and display a banner reading "Stop Forest Crime!". © Philip Reynaers / Greenpeace

    In September, we reported on The Future Of Forests In Poetry competition that Greenpeace Africa is holding in the DRC as an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees.

    The first leg of this compet... Read more >

  • Deniers exposed. Confirmed again: climate change is real.

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 21, 2011 at 12:46

    In an amusing turn of events today, a scientific study funded largely by climate skeptics has shown that the established scientific consensus on climate change is, in fact, correct.

    It comes as no surprise to Greenpeace that the Berkeley Earth Surfac...

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  • Kusile Power Plant: The Waking Giant

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - October 21, 2011 at 11:25 2 comments

    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 The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable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

    The science is clear: burning coal is driving climate change – and Africa’s people are on the front lines. So, as the continent’s largest CO2 emitter – and the 12th largest in the world – South Africa has a lot to answer for in terms of its c... Read more >

  • Will Cabinet blindly follow Minister Peter’s foolish obsession with nuclear?

    Blogpost by Monica Davies and Rianne Teule - October 19, 2011 at 20:13

    Stop Nuclear Action in South Africa

    Greenpeace activists wearing t-shirts with the message 'No nuclear – phansi nuclear phansi!' protest in front of the Department of Energy in Pretoria, as a reminder to the government that it needs to adopt renewable energy instead of choosing nuclear. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

    Last week, the Mail & Guardian highlighted the potential international battle for the R1 trillion that could be invested in these new nuclear reactors.

    This prompted Greenpeace Africa, to once again speak out against the luna... Read more >

  • Greenpeace launches a new Rainbow Warrior

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - October 14, 2011 at 13:33

    At a ceremony today in Berne-Motzen, Germany, Greenpeace launched the third version of its protest vessel the Rainbow Warrior.

    Purpose built as a campaigning vessel, the Rainbow Warrior carries state-of-the-art communications equipme... Read more >

  • The Greenpeace (Sun)iversity moves through Durban

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - October 14, 2011 at 9:40

    Following the success of Greenpeace’s youth outreach solar power training camp that took place at the end of last month, the team of volunteers and Greenpeace activists from the camp have taken their Solar Caravan, featuring ne... Read more >

  • Panama Climate Talks: The Pressure is On For COP17 and South Africa

    Blogpost by Ferrial Adam - October 10, 2011 at 8:58

    Let's Do It in Durban!

    As the United Nations Climate summit COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, has come to a close, Greenpeace urges South Africans and the world, to 'do it in Durban', the host city of next year's climate talks. Activists display a banner in front of the cooling towers of a coal power plant. Greenpeace is calling for the South African government to be a true climate leader: not only pushing for a deal in the international negotiations in 2011, but also reducing the country's dependence on coal and choosing a sustainable pathway to a clean energy future domestically. © Juda Ngwenya / Greenpeace

    The UNFCCC talks in Panama ended on Friday 07 October 2011. The talks did not deliver any major surprises as was expected for this very-low-expectations-technical-meeting. An outcome of Panama is that we now have a draft text t... Read more >

  • “We are people already sold” say voices from Congo rainforests

    Blogpost by Susanne Breitkopf, Greenpeace USA - October 6, 2011 at 14:11 1 comment

    Approximately 40 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo depend on the rainforest for their basic needs, such as medicine, food or shelter. In this image a local fisherman guides his boat through the waters of Lac Tumba (Lake Tumba). The l... Read more >

  • Save the Congolose Forests: Putting the Power in the Hands of the Youth

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - September 29, 2011 at 12:00 1 comment

    Deforestation in Congo

    Afrormosia, a highly valued tropical hardwood, is logged by SAFBOIS concession. Afrormosia is a protected tree species whose international trade is strictly regulated (listed under CITES Appendix II). Industrial logging is done by SAFBOIS in the rainforest surrounded by small communities including Yafunga. Approximately 40 million people in the DRC depend on the rainforest for their basic needs, such as medicine, food or shelter. © Greenpeace / Jiro Ose / 2007

    With Congolose forests under constant threat from logging companies, Greenpeace Africa is launching an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees.

    With this, we want to draw awarene... Read more >

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