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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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  • Now more than ever

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - June 5, 2012 at 9:19

    We’re at a critical stage in our journey as activists. As a movement we’re easy targets, and we’ve endured all manner of strife along the way. Today in many countries we face serious political and legal challenges, designed to punish and discourage dissent; designed to have a deliberate ‘chilling’ effect. At such times I am greatly encouraged by those who refuse to be bowed or deterred. I think of Gandhi, whose campaign mantra keeps us warm and resolute: ‘First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.’

     

    Today, on World Environment Day, I’d like to pause and reflect on where we are as a united effort, that in my view, is still standing ever strong. On what do I base such a claim, which I know some would dispute? Well, echoing Gandhi, Salvador D... Read more >

  • Apple: Think Different about your dirty energy

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - April 26, 2012 at 7:27

    iCloud Action at Apple Store in New York

    The Internet and social media are extraordinary engines of change helping to drive revolutions and positive social change. They’ve become central tools for how we bring pressure on polluters and governments. But if we are not careful, the Internet could become an internal combustion engine that fuels climate change instead.

    To avoid that scenario, there is at least one more revolution the Internet must fuel: a clean energy revolution. Read more >

    Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple operate much of the Internet on ‘the cloud’ – the infrastructure that holds an increasing amount of the files, photographs and videos we store and share.

    In reality, the cloud is a vast network of warehouses called data centres, some so large that they use as much electricity as 250,000 European home...

  • On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly Peace Doves, bearing messages of peace, 'No More Hiroshima', 'Yes to Peace', 'No to Rokkasho' in Japanese and in English, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima.

    What would you do with $1,738 billion (US dollars)? If you were told you had to spend it this year on making people safer, what would you spend it on? 

    $1, 738bn is how much was spent on the world’s military last year, according to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Institute (SIPRI).

    With expenditure on military being one of the few areas not facing massive government cut backs we should ask: is our world becoming a safer place? 

    What consolation can be sought in the world’s awesome military might by the parents of the 7.6 million children under five who die each year, mostly in developing countries?  

    What consolation is it in a world where 925 m people do not have enough to eat, 98% of whom live in developing countries? What peace does it bring them? 

    In a worl... Read more >

  • Disruptive diplomacy may be the only way out of the Iran-Israel nuclear crisis, the only way to pierce the hegemony of hypocrisy dominating the power politics of nuclear weapons control, of those who have them, and of those who are accused of developing them.

    Otherwise, this weekend's meeting on Iran's nuclear programme is likely to be yet another missed opportunity, yet another exercise in futility.

    Who will meet in Istanbul this Saturday? Iran and the 'P5+1', the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and the only "legitimate" nuclear weapons states under the U.N.'s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – the United States, China, Russia, France and the UK, plus Germany.

    Together, their collective history with Iran and Israel is one of complexit... Read more >

  • Fukushima, One Year After...

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - March 12, 2012 at 7:46

    Today our thoughts are once more with the people of Japan; our condolences are with those who lost their loved ones and our admiration is with those who are valiantly rebuilding their lives and communities one year after the earthquake and tsunami. We wish them continued strength.

    In remembering the terrible consequences of natures full force through an earth quake and tsunami it is also important that we do not allow the accompanying nuclear crises to be painted as a natural disaster: it was man made!

    The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are still unsettled a year later. More than 150,000 had their lives completely disrupted. They had to flee from areas that are the worst contaminated. Some may never be able to return home. Many others, including vulnerable childre... Read more >

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