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Kumi Naidoo

Passionately involved in liberation struggles from a young age, he continues to speak truth to power across the range of Greenpeace campaign activities around the globe. He is dedicated to engagement, dialogue and change and seeks a green and peaceful planet for all the world’s inhabitants.

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  • Local fishermen in Joal, express their concerns about the intensifying plunder of their marine resources by placing hand-prints on a large banner reading 'Your voice counts, make it heard now.' To urge politicians to listen to them, rather than favour foreign economic interests and take urgent action. Organised by Greenpeace, the 'My Voice, My Future' caravan documents small-scale fishing communities and the impact of foreign super-trawlers on local fish stocks. 01/16/2012 © Clément Tardif / Greenpeace

    Mamadou Sarr is a 54-year old Senegalese artisanal fisherman who has been working at sea for over 36 years. He entered the profession out of his love for fishing and the ocean, and has been supporting a family of eight with his daily catches.

    Greenpeace met him at Ouakam, a fishing village on the outskirts of Dakar, where he shared his story with our local activists. "If nothing is done to reverse the negative impacts of foreign vessels in Senegalese waters, I will lose my job", he said.

    Foreign vessels have been plundering the waters of West Africa for decades to stock the fish markets of Europe and Asia. Industrial fishing is depriving West African people of a vital source of protein and pushing thousands of locals into poverty and despair.

    To understand the scale of the problem, the... Read more >

  • Typhoon Hagupit © NASA Goddard MODIS

    As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago.

    "One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime" strikes a sickening chord. Is this peacetime or are we at war with nature?

    I was about to head to Lima, when I got a call to come to the Philippines to support our office and its work around Typhoon Hagupit (which means lash). In Lima another round of the UN climate talks are underway to negotiate a global treaty to prevent catastrophic climate change. A truce of sorts with nature.

    But these negotiations have been going on far too long, with insufficient urgency and too much behind the scene... Read more >

  • Climate action – who is stopping us?

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 25, 2014 at 11:53

    The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest price. But ever since super storm Sandy hit New York, even the rich in industrialized countries know that they can't hide from devastating climate change in their gated communities.  

    Climate change is not on its way. It's already here.

    Yet, cost-effective, sensible solutions have also made quantum leaps since 2009. Clean, renewable energy is getting bigger, better and cheaper every day. It can provide the answers our exhausted planet is looking for. Renewables are the most economical solution for new power capacity in an ever-increasing number of co... Read more >

  • Originally posted to the Guardian 

    Civil disobedience is a way of expressing political opposition that pushes beyond what the law allows you to do, in terms of resistance. It is an act that says “we are deliberately breaking an unjust law.” We often talk about it as a problem. In fact, I would argue that our problem is civil obedience. People too readily accept governments that do not hold to their promises.

    My first brush with civil disobedience was when I was 15 and in the years since, I’ve learned a few things about its power, and its limitations. Here’s a few of my lessons:

    1. Nothing important comes without sacrifice

    Protesters in Fordsburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

    I was one of thousands of young people in South Africa that joined the national student protests a... Read more >

  • This morning, one of the busiest harbours in the world was the backdrop for a citizen action to do what governments are seemingly unable or unwilling to; reject arctic oil drilling and stand up to the single-minded and ecologically harmful greed of corporate interests.

    Protest Against Arctic Oil Shipment in Rotterdam. The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, paragliders and Greenpeace inflatables protest against the first shipment of Arctic oil in the harbour of Rotterdam. The Russian oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov is transporting oil from the Gazprom drilling platform Prirazlomnaya to Rotterdam harbour. 05/01/2014 © Ruben Neugebauer / Greenpeace

    Buoyed by over five million Arctic Defenders, the Greenpeace activists put themselves between the oil tanker Mikhail Ulyanov – a 258-meter long monster whose wake stretches all the way back to the Prirazlomanaya oil platform – and the port.

    The Ulyanov's hold contains the first oil to be produced by the Gazprom-owned arctic drilling rig. A rig which I and Greenpeace know intimately. Not too long ago, seven of the activists arrested for today's peaceful protest were the very same people who spent two months in a Russia... Read more >

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