Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo is Executive Director of Greenpeace International

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Friday, March 01, 2013
Shell's Arctic Failure Is Obama's Chance to Act
An unexpected thing happened Wednesday: 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.
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Public Eye Awards 2012 Davos Switzerland. Economist and Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz (l.), Amy Horton from World Development Movement (m.), Kumi Naidoo (r.), Executive Director of Greenpeace International at a press conference, close to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Berne Declaration (BD) and Greenpeace Switzerland denounce the human rights and environmental abuses of some major corporations. 01/27/2012 (Heike Grasser / Greenpeace) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Amplifying Voices for Change at This Year's World Economic Forum
No one likes to be "unliked" on Facebook or elsewhere. But, every year for the last 12, I put on a brave face and go where I must -- not where I like -- where the world's most powerful people are: Davos, the World Economic Forum (WEF).
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Any Signs of Life at Doha Climate Talks?
2012 is the year the climate changed. I’m not talking about extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, the Arctic sea ice melt or flooding in Venice.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time to Stand Against Big Oil in the Arctic
Hanging from an oil platform in the Russian Arctic one day last August, I was hosed by a jet of water from above so icy it almost cut through the skin on my face. My hands and feet were blue from the cold. Though I was wrapped in layers of waterproof gear, freezing water trickled into the small openings around my neck. My body was under extreme stress, and I was sinking into a state of confusion. Suddenly I wasn’t so sure that joining this Greenpeace action was the best decision I could have made.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Cold Hands, Determined Hearts: On Trying to Save the Arctic
When I spoke to my friends and family this weekend I was unanimously scolded.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Iran Nuclear Crisis Needs ‘Disruptive Diplomacy’, Not Shock and Awe
LONDON - 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 program is likely to be yet another missed opportunity, yet another exercise in futility.
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Thursday, December 08, 2011
U.S. Obstructionism Is Hurting Climate Talks
We hope, we wish and we pray that the U.S. team at the UN Climate talks in Durban would set aside its obstructive, destructive behavior. But sadly, listening to U.S. negotiators Pershing and Stern, that is not going to happen. For that reason Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam and the International Trades Union Congress have adopted a joint position demanding that the U.S. stand aside and let those who are willing to move ahead in saving lives, habitats and economies -- in agreeing to a climate saving deal.
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Friday, September 16, 2011
World Peace Must Start with Environmental Justice
For the past week, the world has reflected on the tragedy of 9/11 and the consequences of that fateful day. To my mind, we talk more about security than peace now. And we ignore the role that environmental justice can play in achieving world peace.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Climate Justice Can Help End Poverty
In some circles it has become politically acceptable to state that poverty cannot be eradicated in our lifetime: that the means are not available, that there is a lack of political will, or even that those who "can't keep up" need to assume more responsibility for their own lives. Others are politically correct enough not to say any of this aloud, yet their actions (or lack thereof) expose them. Even the Millennium Development Goals call only for a halving of the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
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