Public lecture presented by Dr Kumi Naidoo

Posted on August 17, 2011

Naidoo is a South African citizen and the first African to head Greenpeace. After battling apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s through the Helping Hands Youth Organisation, Naidoo led global campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights. Recently, he has led the Global Campaign for Climate Action, which brings together environmental and aid groups, religious and human rights groups, labour unions, scientists and others, and has organised mass demonstrations around climate negotiations. In June 2011, Naidoo spent four days in a Greenlandic prison after scaling an oil platform owned by Cairn Energy, as part of Greenpeace's "Go Beyond Oil" campaign.

This lecture promises to be highly relevant in light of the upcoming 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17), which will be hosted in Durban during November 2011. Greenpeace has been calling for direct action from governments and businesses in resolving the problem of climate change and will also be negotiating for the finalisation of a climate change agreement in Durban.

The details of the public lecture are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Time: 18:00
Venue: SRC Boardroom, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
RSVP: Before or on 22 August 2011 to [email protected]
Enquiries: Lynette van Niekerk at 012 420 3134


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