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What are the causes and effects of water pollution in Africa?

September 2021

The causes of water pollution and its effects on vulnerable communities and ecosystems in Africa needs urgent intervention

The polluted lakes of Kenya

April 2021

Water, a source of life, is slowly becoming the source of multiple illnesses and death in Kenya. This has been attributed to the excessive pollution of natural water resources such…

Kenya’s Poisoned Waters

April 2021

Kenya’s poisoned waters are flooded with untreated industrial and domestic waste. The relevant institutions should be held accountable to take responsibility and rectify this mess before it’s too late.

5 Reasons to Save the Okavango Delta

March 2021

Youth climate activists in the Namibian capital, along with several other environmental and human rights groups, reacted with international calls from all fronts to prevent the impending environmental catastrophe in…

Open Letter to NEMA on Lake Victoria Pollution

March 2021

Our lakes are dying and so are the fish. On the shores of Lake Victoria, piles of dead fish have been washed up

Op-Ed | Empty Words Will Not Solve Perennial Lake Pollution, NEMA Needs to Take Action

March 2021

Kenya’s water bodies have for a long time been a sink to excessive nutrients and untreated effluent from industrial and municipal activities. The waste disposed of in the water bodies…

NEMA Needs To Act Urgently To Save Kenya’s Lakes: Greenpeace Africa

March 2021

Nairobi, 22 March 2021 – Following the recent calamity of poisoned fish in Lake Nakuru and Lake Victoria, Greenpeace Africa  is calling on NEMA to commit to stopping pollution in…

Greenpeace Report: Intensifying weather events threaten the most vulnerable in Africa

November 2020

A Greenpeace scientific report released today reveals that extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods and intense rain are increasing in intensity, frequency and severity across many parts of Africa

Greenpeace Volunteers Demand an End to the Ecocide of the uMbilo River

July 2020

Volunteers from Greenpeace Africa are working with the uMbilo River Watch community group and concerned citizens to expose the severity of the pollution in uMbilo River

Let's Save a Little Water for Everyone

March 2020

Experts say keeping good hygiene would reduce the risk of transmitting and contracting the COVID-19. Indeed clean water is our first line of defense during this time of turbulence. Access…

Water is central to our humanity - Greenpeace Africa

March 2020

22 March 2020, Johannesburg — This World Water Day, the nexus of coal, water security, and air pollution is at the centre of the discussion for Greenpeace Africa. South Africa’s…

Climate change takes its toll on Mozambique

April 2019

Johannesburg, 25 April 2019 — Barely a month after Tropical Cyclone Idai’s arrival, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Mozambique on 25 April 2019. In response, Njeri Kabeberi, Executive Director…

Tropical Cyclone Idai and the African Spirit

March 2019

I phone my sister in Beira. Each time I call, the ringing seems to continue for longer and longer. Each time she picks up, the relief is the same. I…

A Nation in (Water) Crisis

March 2019

South African volunteer Shannon Van Vuuren recounts how life changed in Cape Town during one of the country’s worst droughts A woman residing in a small flat, working five days…

Trouble brewing off South Africa’s coast

February 2019

8 February 2019, Johannesburg — In response to the announcement that French oil giant Total has just made a significant oil and gas discovery 175 km off the southern coast…

Health Crisis Rocks The Northern Regions of Cameroon

November 2018

In response to news of over 40 deaths and more than 600 affected by cholera outbreak in the Far North regions of Cameroon, Greenpeace Africa Mobilization Officer, Andoh Rex has…

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally found to contain micro-plastics

October 2018

Dakar, Senegal, 18 October 2018 – Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to…

IPCC Special Report on 1.5​°​C and its implications for South Africa

October 2018

The approval and launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5°C warming will happen on October 8, 2018 in Incheon, Korea. The report highlights the…

From fires to floods, the world's weird weather in photos

August 2018

Over the past few weeks, images have been flooding in from Greenpeace offices around the world, documenting our current “hothouse” state. In Africa, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Korea temperatures…

Why We Must Never Take Clean Drinking Water for Granted

August 2018

Few people would argue access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right. Yet, a significant portion of the world’s population remains without.  In the following article, Sidrah Ahmad,…

Greenpeace Reaction to Microplastic Pollution on South Africa’s Tap Water: The Scourge of Plastic Pollution is a Living Reality

July 2018

Plastics continue to haunt us long after we have used them[1] because during the degradation process, they break down into microparticles, which then contaminate our water systems. We know that…

Massive irregular expenditure at the Department of Water and Sanitation - outrageous: Greenpeace

May 2018

Johannesburg, 10 May 2018 -- Greenpeace Africa has launched a petition calling on President Ramaphosa to put water at the centre of all government decision-making. This comes in the wake…

World Water Day 2018: More Needs to be Done

March 2018

“Water, water everywhere, not any drop to drink.” In these lines, Samuel Taylor Coleridge made reference to the fact that while seawater is in plenty, human beings can survive only…

Who is tampering with our water?

March 2018

“We have a single opportunity, to change the narrative on water, by acting timeously in pursuit of a more promising future, in a better world, which should never face the…

World Water Day: Greenpeace demands more commitment to defend South African people’s right to water

March 2018

22 March 2018, Johannesburg – This year, South Africa will observe World Water Week under the ominous cloud of the Cape Town water crisis, and the stark reality of long-term…

March of the penguins

January 2018

This morning, people around the world are waking up to pictures of penguin sightings across the globe. The penguins have been spotted travelling on trains, arriving at international airports and…

Ecological farmers teach methods to face drought to conventional farmers

April 2017

Starting from Tuesday, the 11th and till today the 13th of April, the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) with Greenpeace Africa are supporting the Farmer 2 Farmer Drought Resilience…

It’s 6 goals to green o’clock!

January 2017

This very smart 4 year old inspired me to think differently of fulfilling the sometimes scary “new year’s resolutions”. With a new year, most of us feel inspired and empowered…

10 good reasons to protect whales

October 2016

Killing whales for food has been happening for millennia. But it was commercial whaling – turning whales into barrels of oil for profit – that led to the wholesale destruction…

The Great Water Grab

March 2016

Water is essential for all life on earth and plays a central role in human development: from sanitation and health, to food and energy production, to industrial activities and economic…

Eskom Set to Accelerate Water Crisis

October 2012

Coal-fired electricity is a major threat to South Africa’s already stressed water resources – and Eskom’s new mega coal plants are set to make matters even worse, further compromising water…