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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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  • Blog also published in Huffington Post on February 28th.

    An unexpected thing happened last night: one of the biggest oil companies in the world — Shell — made a big decision acknowledging that the oil industry cannot operate safely in the Arctic. A decision that means one year of relief for the people and wildlife of the Arctic.

    Shell, a company with one of the worst human rights and environmental records in history, has cancelled its plans to drill this summer in the Alaskan Arctic. A fitting end to a year-long tragicomedy of errors. A year that began with boasting and bravado and ended in a series of accidents and outright safety violations that proved Shell is far from Arctic ready. The bottom line is that no one is or will ever be ready, given the risks involved.

    President Obama ... Read more >

  • Cynical Old King Coal shows its true colours

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - November 26, 2012 at 7:59

    Shocking is the only way to describe the extraordinarily cynical comments made to the Financial Times (November 4, Global warming: Climate change needs action but it has a cost) by Milton Catelin, chief executive of the World Coal Association, in trying to downplay any idea that climate change may make coal a risky investment.

    “So, I don’t know why you would assume action on climate change is more likely than action on poverty,” was Catelin's cavalier reassurance to allay any investor anxiety.

    Sadly, he has a point, in that the world is failing to meet its commitments to the poor just as it is failing to rise to the threat of runaway climate change.

    Yet, whether his comments were made off-the-cuff, and without thought, or that he is so confident that he doesn't feel the need ... Read more >

  • 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 >

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