Our campaigns

We have three main campaigns in Africa: tackling climate change, stopping the looting of the continent’s fish and saving the forests.

Tackling climate change 

Let’s not beat about the bush. All these threats are serious, but climate change might just be the biggest threat mankind has ever faced, particularly in Africa. Africans aren’t responsible for climate change; the industrial nations are the worst offenders. But it is Africans who will pay the steepest price.

The energy sector is the worst offender, creating almost 66 percent of all greenhouse gases. Yet in South Africa, where the government is faced with a major energy supply problem, their answer seems to be the building of more coal-fired energy stations, a 'solution' which only serves to worsen the problem.

Greenpeace is locked in a desperate struggle to change people’s minds, especially the minds of the country’s leaders. We need to change the view that nuclear power is a cheap and effective solution to our energy problems -- it's not. We want to start a revolution in the thinking around energy, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and saving the continent and creating jobs in the process.

Find out more about the climate campaign

 

Saving the forests

In central Africa, the rainforests in the Congo Basin provide the livelihood for 40 million people. These communities depend on the forests for their food, their medicines, as well as the materials used to build their homes. Additionally, this region is home to 270 species of mammals, among them the endangered gorillas, Bonobo and chimpanzees. The okapi and forest elephant are just two of the 39 species of animals found only here. These forests aren’t being protected for the people living here, they’re being destroyed.

Now Greenpeace is working locally and internationally to protect this special environment before it is too late. Called 'Forests for Climate', the initiative will teach the world how it can make financial sense to leave the forests as they are, rather than chopping them up forever.

Find out more about the forest campaign

 

Stopping the plunder of the oceans

Off the west coast of Africa, the battleground is underwater. Governments here have given massive European fishing fleets permission to come in and suck their waters dry of the fish that sustain their people.

These nations don’t have navies to monitor fishing fleets, so what was meant to bring foreign currency into the economy has ended up as nothing less than modern piracy on the high seas. Fewer people here are eating fish than their grandparents did as the traditional fishing grounds of West Africa are being looted for the dinner tables of Europe.

Find out more about the oceans campaign

 

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The latest updates

 

Global Head Of Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo Faces Jail for Scaling Arctic Oil Rig

Feature story | June 17, 2011 at 12:17

South African Kumi Naidoo, who is also our International Executive Director, has entered an exclusion zone and scaled a controversial Arctic oil rig 120km off the coast of Greenland.

SIFORCO Involved in Violence and Human Rights Violations

Feature story | June 16, 2011 at 9:24

Greenpeace denounces the major human rights violations that have taken place in connection with SIFORCO logging operations near Bumba in the DRC.

Italian People Vote "YES" to a Nuclear-Free Future – SA Must do the Same!

Blog entry by Rianne Teule and Michael Baillie | June 14, 2011

Led by Berlusconi, Italy can be a strange place. But amidst the madness comes a little sanity. This week, Italians were asked to vote on the use of nuclear energy, and almost 95% were in favour of a nuclear-free future! It's...

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