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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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  • Obama Receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo While US President Barack Obama receives the Nobel Peace Prize, activists demonstrate on the streets of Oslo. Activists hold signs that read "Obama: Our Climate. Your decision." and a banner depicting Obama and Jens Stoltenberg ten years older, apologising from the future "We could have stopped catastrophic climate change... We didn't." Greenpeace urges Obama to show strong leadership when he attends the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen the following week. 12/10/2009 © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

    I felt relieved when I heard Obama’s victory speech this morning, and I particularly resonated with him when he spoke about the future of America’s children.

    “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burnt by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet,” said Obama during his speech. Crowds burst into applause, while probably millions of other citizens of the world heard his vision.

    My relief came with the realisation that Barack Obama shares our vision. When President Obama was elected four years ago, his challenge was to stop the US from going into financial freefall. His challenge is even greater now – he needs to play a more assertive roleinternationally on the issue of climate change and stop us all from clima... Read more >

  • Marching for A Future That Works

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 25, 2012 at 8:58

    More than 150,000 people came to London last Saturday to protest against austerity measures and march for A Future That Works. The rally was organised by the Trade Union Congress, the national trade union centre in the UK representing the vast majority of organised workers.

    The protest raised attention to UK’s long-term economic problems and to the fact that the UK will see less jobs given that the government is focusing on the deficit. Trade unions suggest that the government should aim to create new jobs, especially for young people, and encourage companies to raise pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and long-term growth.

    Among the speakers at the event was also Ed Miliband, Leader of Labour Party, and before I got on the stage we had a brief conversation. I took th... Read more >

  • Global Campaigning 2.0

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 15, 2012 at 19:35

    Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo addresses protesters at the anti-nuclear demonstration.

    ‘Clicktivism’ has come of age as the digital driver of the #PowerOfWe. Malcolm Gladwell’s infamous dismissal of online activism as ineffective signature gathering missed the point in 2010, when he coined the phrase; sharing information, crowd sourcing concerns and solutions are driving change and are amongst the hallmarks of campaigning 2.0.

    More than two billion people have access to the Internet, apparently eight new people are getting connected every second. Roughly a billion people are on Facebook, where they like, share, debate, inform and alter decisions that are being taken about our common future.

    We, at Greenpeace, no longer simply count our supporters as those who donate money. Our thinking has evolved and embraced the ‘power of we’. There are millions making up the ‘... Read more >

  • Commitment to a sustainable peace

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 24, 2012 at 8:33

    Demonstration against Iraq War in Germany

    What is peace? In a world at times ravaged by armed conflict, from Africa to Asia, is peace simply an absence of war? Or is there more to it than that?

    Today, on the International Day of Peace, it is important to reflect on some of these questions, particularly for an organisation like Greenpeace, whose founding values revolve around the defence of peace and a wide understanding that the issues of ecology and peace are two sides of the same coin.

    Greenpeace is joining hands today with members of the global NGO coalition ‘Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2012’, in the simple objective of calling for and working towards a global day of ceasefire and non-violence.

    Thousands of people across the world are dying as a result of senseless armed conflict. Many more also are dying in equally... Read more >

  • A letter to President Putin

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - August 31, 2012 at 8:42

    Dear Mr. President,

    I write these lines to you on board the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, as we leave the Russian economic zone waters north of the Kola Peninsula. You may be aware that for the last 5 days people from our ship were engaging in a peaceful protest against the planned start up of
    drilling for oil on the Russian Arctic shelf by Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform. I want to personally assure you that these protests were in no way directed against the interests of Russia, of people working on the platform, or even against the company of Gazprom. These protests are
    part of a global campaign that we have been carrying out for a number of years, protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, from Greenland to Alaska.

    Mr. President. It is my deeply held con...

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