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Environmental Groups Demands Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) Publicly Commit to Global Plastics Treaty

Leaked documents indicate South Africa's intentions to capitalise on the plastic pollution crisis through importing plastic waste for profit

Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org) and its #BreakFreeFromPlastic partners have launched a campaign urging the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) to reconsider its stance on a new global plastics treaty and publicly commit to its support.  Last week, the Mail & Guardian exposed (https://bit.ly/2SgQy0v) the DFFE's plan to suggest…

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Greenpeace Outraged by News that South Africa Won’t Support Global Plastic Ban Treaty

Plastic lobbyists are trying to undermine anti-plastic policies to flood African countries with plastic waste

This morning, a Mail & Guardian exposé (https://bit.ly/2SgQy0v) revealed that the South African government plans to reject a new proposed global treaty on plastics. According to a leaked document [1] the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is afraid that the plastic ban will make it harder for the country…

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Not Under Our Watch: Greenpeace Africa Responds to East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline Deal

East Africa needs energy security based on widespread rollout of renewables and the millions of clean jobs that come with it, and it needs to protect its natural heritage

In response to the news that Uganda, Tanzania and oil firms Total and CNOOC have signed agreements (https://bit.ly/2Qi1jhD) to kickstart the construction of a Sh371.7 billion ($3.5 billion) 1,440 Kilometers long crude oil pipeline, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) Senior Political Advisor, Fredrick Njehu has said: “Oil companies are desperately clinging onto…

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Greenpeace Africa reacts to Alarming UN Plastic Report Findings

It also demonstrates the impact of plastic, at every stage of its production, on underprivileged communities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a scathing report about plastic and environmental inequality, which shows how countries within the Global South are being force-fed plastic pollution by wealthy countries. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution (https://bit.ly/3fuZ3hp), exposes the truth about how the plastic industry…

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Kenya Still at Risk Despite UN Plastics Nod: Greenpeace

Our government must be firm and must stay true to its efforts against the plastic pollution crisis which is exacerbating climate emergencies

In the lead up to the UN summit being held in Nairobi, UNEP (https://bit.ly/2ZIpPtG) has named Kenya as an emerging leader in the fight against plastic pollution and among the first countries in East Africa to sign the Clean Seas initiative (www.CleanSeas.org). Responding to these developments, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) senior…

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Thoughts and prayers alone won’t suffice”: Greenpeace Africa calls for coordinated climate action following cyclone Eloise

Thousands across the continent are rising to demand leaders declare a climate emergency

President Filipe Nyusi is set to embark on a trip (https://reut.rs/36ihVeh) to areas affected by Cyclone Eloise, as damages are being assessed in Mozambique and neighboring countries, after it struck three days ago. “Thoughts and prayers alone won’t fix the climate crisis at the heart of the cyclone,” said Happy…

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The Power is in Your Hands: Over 20,000 Implore CS Maina to Say No to Kenya-US Plastic Deal

The proponents of single-use plastics are pushing for more plastic production and exportation into Africa

After months of pressure, Hon. Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development finally met with Greenpeace Africa (https://www.Greenpeace.org/africa/en/) to receive the 20,000-strong petition calling for her to take a stand against advocacy from lobbyists from the American Chemistry Council to make Africa a dumping site. “We…

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

Weather across sub-Saharan Africa has become more extreme and unpredictable in the twenty-first century

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, gravely threatening human health, food security, peace, and biodiversity. Download Document: https://bit.ly/3ki2wP6 Weather across sub-Saharan Africa has become more extreme and unpredictable…

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Industry Lobby the US Government to Make Africa Backslide on Plastics

The efforts by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) would undo progress that Kenya and other African states have made to address plastic pollution

The American Chemistry Council has lobbied the US government during the COVID-19 pandemic to use a US-Kenya trade deal to expand the plastics industry’s footprint across Africa. Documents obtained by Unearthed -- Greenpeace’s (https://www.Greenpeace.org/africa/en/) investigative journalism platform -- through the Freedom of Information Act separately show that the same lobby…

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Greenpeace Africa on floods across the continent: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”

With floods hitting at least 16 African countries, Greenpeace Africa urges leaders to act for the people and against climate change

Rains have increasingly been torrential in the past months, striking large parts of East Africa and elsewhere, in unprecedented intensity in decades, causing at least dozens of deaths, displacement of more than one million people. Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa/en/) calls on Africa’s leaders to provide immediate aid to those affected, but also…