Publications

Why is Fossil Capital incompatible with social justice?

February 2021

The world we live in has been built around an economic system that prioritises never ending growth over the welfare of people and planet. And fossil fuels are at the…

Greenpeace Africa responds to worsening Gauteng air quality

February 2021

Air pollution in South Africa has reached dangerously unhealthy levels. Twice in the last week residents across several communities in Johannesburg and Pretoria were exposed to high levels of Sulphur…

Greenpeace Africa calls for full disclosure around state spying

February 2021

Responding to a reading by Advocate Pretorius at today’s State Capture Enquiry.

Ramaphosa must not "mess up" Just Transition: SONA

February 2021

In response to President Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening, Greenpeace Africa Climate and Energy Campaigner Nhlanhla Sibisi has said:

Greenpeace Africa responds to Ramaphosa's Davos address

January 2021

26 January 2021, Johannesburg — Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda this morning, Greenpeace Africa’s Climate and Energy Campaign Manager Happy Khambule has…

20 Things to take from 2020

December 2020

In many obvious ways, the past year is a period that would best be forgotten. A once-in-a-century pandemic that brought with it a high death toll and sickness, loneliness and…

Netflix heartthrob ‘bares all’ for Greenpeace anti-plastic campaign

December 2020

Greenpeace Africa has partnered with local actor and Netflix newcomer Ryle De Morny in a cheeky Instagram takeover to expose the true extent of the plastic industry's exploits. The aim…

Where there's smoke

December 2020

eMbalenhle township, settled in the coalfields of Mpumalanga province. These are the people over whom Sasol has always chosen its profits. These are their stories.

Greenpeace Africa statement on the Engen Wentworth Oil Refinery Explosion

December 2020

The explosion at the Engen Oil Refinery in Wentworth, Durban is the third environmental disaster to occur in KwaZulu-Natal within the past three months, the former being Transnet’s crude oil…

Combatting Gender-Based Violence during COVID-19

December 2020

With the threat of the current climate crisis, economic recession and the COVID-19 global pandemic, the women of South Africa face another threat daily – gender-based violence (GBV).

Greenpeace Africa statement on WWF independent review of human rights violations

December 2020

Human rights violations and abuses are unacceptable under any circumstances. The Independent Panel report makes it clear that “WWF has not fulfilled its human rights commitments.”  

Renewable Energy is key in closing the gap for off-grid rural communities.

December 2020

Rural communities have so far not been able to access stable and affordable power. Renewable energy should be used to bridge the gap for off-grid communities and reduce the effects…

‘We treat human beings like waste by ignoring or brutalising them’

December 2020

Informal communities that rely on the collection and sale of recyclable waste for survival are under threat from all sides. Marius Sullivan explores the fragile existence of the ‘Bagerezi’ in…

The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé named top plastic polluters for the third year in a row

December 2020

Manila, Philippines - The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé are ranked as the world’s top plastic polluters for the 3rd consecutive year according to Break Free From Plastic‘s report “BRANDED…

Barbara Creecy’s big announcement better late than never: Greenpeace Africa

December 2020

30 November 2020, Johannesburg -- The Department of Environment, Forest and Fisheries’ (DEFF) announced Monday to pursue criminal prosecution against Eskom for non-compliance with air pollution standards and supplying false…

It is not enough to suspend injustice: Banen communities deserve permanent justice

November 2020

As countries around the world began to reckon with the deadly consequences of the Coronavirus and citizens in Cameroon were scrambling to protect themselves, the Ministry of Forest and Wildlife…

Sinking of the MV Wakashio wreck - letter to Malta

September 2020

Following the grounding of the MV Wakashio off the coast of Malta and the subsequent dumping of the forward cargo section of the ship 35 miles off the coast of…

Mauritius Oil Disaster – Open Letter

September 2020

Following the grounding of the Japanese chartered and owned MV Wakashio, we wrote to you on 24 August 2020, with a number of questions about the Government’s response to this…

Mauritius Oil Disaster - Open Letter: 26 August 2020

August 2020

We appreciate your response to our open letter and intention to respond to the disaster you caused. We called on you to be an example and show that your apology…

Sinking of the MV Wakashio wreck - letter to Malta

August 2020

You are certainly aware of the unfolding oil disaster at the shores of Mauritius, where bulk carrier MV Wakashio - a Japanese ship under the flag of Panama - ran…

Renewable Energy is the Key to Cheaper Electricity in Kenya

August 2020

As the country strives to meet the goal of universal access to electricity, huge development needs to take place in Kenya’s energy sector.

Mauritius Oil Disaster - Open Letter: 24 August 2020

August 2020

On the 25th of July 2020 the MV Wakashio struck a beautiful and irreplaceable coral reef on Mauritius' southeast coast. The oil in the wrecked ship started to leak on…

Oil and gas drilling returns to haunt South African coast

August 2020

Johannesburg, 18 August 2020 — News reports this week indicated that oil and gas drill rig DeepSee Stavanger has arrived in Cape Town en route to Brulpadda prospects off the…

Greenpeace warns against the sinking of MV WAKASHIO into the Indian Ocean

August 2020

Johannesburg, 19 August, 2020. Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace Japan react to Mauritius’ plans of sinking the front part of the MV Wakashio vessel. Wakashio is a huge vessel, from the…

Mauritius Oil Disaster – Open Letter

August 2020

On the 25th of July 2020 your ship, the MV Wakashio struck a beautiful and irreplaceable coral reef on Mauritius' southeast coast. On the 9th August you publicly expressed an…

Greenpeace Africa and Rainforest Rescue: Joint statement following the suspension of logging plans for Ebo forest

August 2020

Yaoundé, 13 August 2020: The Cameroon Prime Minister’s office announced the suspension of logging plans in Ebo forest* on Tuesday, 11 August. The suspension of logging plans, which Greenpeace Africa…

Greenpeace Africa Welcomes Mozambique’s Plan to Ban Plastic Bags

August 2020

Mozambican Minister of Land and Environment Ivete Maibasse has announced plans to submit a law aiming to ban the use of plastic bags in the country as an effort to…

Lamu Coal Plant: A Bad Energy Source for Kenya

August 2020

The dangers of investing in the Lamu Coal Plant and the various strides taken by environmentalists to halt its implementation

Harnessing Solidarity and Meaningful Engagement to Address Kenya’s Broken Food System

August 2020

COVID-19 and the recurrent extreme weather events caused by the climate crisis have exposed the underlying weaknesses in Kenya’s food system. This has renewed calls for policy adjustments to enable…

Greenpeace Africa response to Mauritius oil spill

August 2020

Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 August, 2020. Greenpeace Africa responds to reports about the MV Wakashio bulk carrier leaking tonnes of diesel and bunker fuel into the Indian Ocean.

Cutting the Hand that Feeds: The Plight of Smallholder Farmers in Kenya

August 2020

In the pre-colonial days of the early 1900s, Africans predominantly farmed finger millet, sorghum, pearl millet, amaranth, jute mallow, spider plant, and lablab, among other indigenous crops. The farms were…

Eskom court ruling kicks consumers while we're down

July 2020

This week, the high court ruled in favour of Eskom in its legal battle with the National Energy Regulator NERSA, allowing Eskom to implement further…

Hope for Senegal’s plastic-free future amid COVID-19

July 2020

New research backed by over a hundred medical experts worldwide confirms that reusables are safe to use during the current global COVID-19 pandemic, for as long as proper hygiene practices…

Recycling is a “false solution” to plastic pollution

July 2020

Greenpeace Africa Plastic Campaigner Amos Wemanya explains why recycling is a “false solution” to Africa’s plastic pollution crisis

Health & the Reuse Revolution: Is disposable safer than reusable? Let’s consult the science

July 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many companies have rightly taken steps to limit contamination in their restaurants and stores. In an emergency, they chose to ban the use of…

Systems Change is the answer. People Change is the authentic solution

June 2020

I have never experienced anything of the same magnitude as what we are currently going through. 2020 is the year of disruption.

Greenpeace Africa stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter to end systemic racism

June 2020

We, the Board of Directors of Greenpeace Africa, stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement to denounce the systemic racially-motivated discrimination and police brutality targeting black people and…

Greenpeace Launches The Story of Plastic Documentary; Calls for A Total Ban on Single-Use Plastics

June 2020

Johannesburg, 2 June 2020 – This World Environment Day, Greenpeace Africa will be screening The Story of Plastic, a new documentary directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg. This documentary exposes…

Greenpeace Launches The Story of Plastic Documentary; Calls for A Total Ban on Single-Use Plastics

June 2020

Nairobi, 2 June 2020 – This World Environment Day,  Greenpeace Africa will be screening The Story of Plastic, a new documentary directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg. This documentary exposes…

Eskom seeks to deepen South Africa's air pollution crisis

May 2020

15 May 2020, Johannesburg — Media reported today that Eskom is seeking to delay the closure of three of its ancient coal-fired power stations – Grootvlei, Camden and Hendrina. In…

You are stronger than you know and you aren't in this alone

April 2020

Hello fellow Humans! My name is Orieny Japheth, a volunteer for Greenpeace Africa living in Nairobi, Kenya. Till last month I hadn’t really appreciated the importance of freedom of movement…

To describe the online Greenpeace Global Volunteer Leadership Training as effective is an understatement

April 2020

Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the NOW big thing. Jack Messman, former CEO at Novell emphasises that “online learning is rapidly becoming one of the…

Cameroon government pushes new logging plans amidst a global coronavirus crisis

April 2020

Yaoundé, 26 March 2020 – Greenpeace Africa joins a call by local people in Cameroon’s Littoral Region to immediately cancel government plans to turn an area of nearly 150,000 hectares…

CAFI and illegal award of DRC logging concessions

March 2020

Dear Ms. Bretas, Let me first extend my best wishes to the Board in this time of global crisis. We’re writing with reference to CAFI’s silence regarding the illegal award…

A letter to the COVID 19

March 2020

Dear Coronavirus I was on a plane to Durban a few weeks ago to see Durban Greenpeace Africa Volunteers for our usual meetings and planning of activities. A lady sneezed…

Government’s Plan to Import Maize, a Slap on the Face for Local Farmers

March 2020

Nairobi, 13 March 2020-  The Strategic Food Reserve Oversight Board (SFR) has issued an advisory for the importation of 2 million bags of white maize before May to curb a…

Congo's Environment Minister must react to the first major logging scandal since assuming office

March 2020

Kinshasa, 4 March 2020 – Following reports that the DRC Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, Claude Nyamugabo, signed at least nine logging concession contracts in January [1], Greenpeace Africa joins…

West Africa breaks free from Plastic | Time to celebrate Victories

February 2020

Last week, an important decision was taken by the Senegalese Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. Starting April this year, all water sachets and plastic cups will be banned in…

Greenpeace Africa Lauds Plans to Roll Out Off-Grid Solar Electricity in Kenya

February 2020

Nairobi, 20 February 2020 — Responding to the news that the Government of Kenya has partnered with the World Bank to finance off-grid solar projects in Kenya,  Amos Wemanya, Greenpeace…