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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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  • Occupy the world

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 21, 2011 at 11:31

    Credit: NASA

    At the weekend my twitter feed was alive with news of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in my adopted city of Amsterdam, taking a stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    It is a movement that has quickly spread far beyond the shadows of Wall Street’s skyscrapers, and the reason is simple - all over the world, citizens are tired of profit being put before people and the planet.

    Greenpeace is tired of polluting corporations with vested interests dictating policy to governments, without concern for the consequences for those who have to live with them. We are tired of corporations controlling the quality of the air, people’s access to food and the availability of clean, safe energy. As an organisation and... Read more >

  • 2011 Green Game Changers

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 3, 2011 at 10:04

    The Huffington Post has been kind enough to include me in their list of game changers for 2011. It really is an honour to see myself in the company of such amazing and inspiring people – all of whom are doing fantastic work.

    While all of the nominees deserve to be recognised, there is one I would single out, and that is Tim DeChristopher.

    The creativity of Tim’s peaceful protest, the honourable nature of his actions and the courage of conviction he displayed in the face of grossly disproportionate punishment serve as an inspiration to the entire environmental movement.

    Tim and others like him around the world who are taking direct peaceful action to stand up for a better future are the ones making that future a reality. For that reason, my personal vote goes to Tim.

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  • 40 years of Inspiring Action

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 16, 2011 at 7:37

    Believe it or not, Greenpeace celebrates its 40 birthday today! To mark the occasion, Kumi Naidoo, our International Executive Director, calls on us all to take inspiration from that first Greenpeace voyage, and to demand a better future for our planet:

    The seeds of Greenpeace were sown 40 years ago today, when a small band of dedicated people set out to change the world, sailing from Vancouver to end US nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands. While the first voyage failed to reach its destination, and the test went ahead, their non-violent direct action captured the public imagination, caused the cancellation of future tests and sparked a movement that grew into the world’s largest independent environmental organisation.

    After four decades of putting environmental issues cent... Read more >

  • Tim DeChristopher, A New Hero

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - July 29, 2011 at 11:35

    The environment and the world have a new hero, a reluctant hero perhaps, but someone who in good conscience could not stand by and watch a grave injustice take place without trying to prevent it. Without taking a stand at a risk to his own liberty. His name is Tim DeChristopher, and he joins the pantheon of brave men and women who have made a difference – brave men and women whose actions ricochet and multiply into widespread social change.

    Known as "Bidder 70," he was sentenced on July 26, 2011, to two years in a US federal prison and $10,000 fine for a heroic and creative act of non-violent civil disobedience. Tim's sentence is a flagrant case of injustice.

    This case originated three years ago when Tim bid for oil and gas leases on several parcels of federal ... Read more >

  • UPDATE: 11:45AM – Kumi has been arrested and is being taken to Greenland in a helicopter.

    As he climbed the 30 metre ladder rig operators tried to stop him making it to the platform by dousing him with a freezing jet of water fired from a powerful water cannon.

    But, despite being soaked to the skin and freezing cold, Kumi made it to the top to deliver the 50,000 strong petition and demand that Cairn immediately halt drilling operations and leave the Arctic.

    In a final radio transmission to the Esperanza he said: Read more >

    “It looks like I’m being arrested now. They say I’m going to be taken to Greenland, but what happens after that I don’t know. I did this because Arctic oil drilling is one of the defining environmental battles of our age. I’m an African but I care deeply about what’s happe...

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