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Leading forest scientists call for a freeze on new logging in the Congo, urge governments to act

Environmentalists fear that a $1bn DRC forest agreement set to be announced at COP26 is likely to greenlight massive new logging of the world's second largest rainforest

Leading African and international scientists join today the growing call for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to cancel its plans to lift a 20-year ban on new industrial logging concessions. Over 25 scientists sent a letter (https://bit.ly/2ZCmVdC) to international donors warning of social and environmental impacts…

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African Union Urged to Address the Threat of Congo Forest Logging Driving Extreme Weather across Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s climate is fundamentally linked to the state of Central Africa’s forests and massive logging can impact the quantity of rainfall throughout the region

Industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may severely disturb rainfall patterns across sub-Saharan Africa and bring about more extreme weather, including intense droughts and flash floods. In a letter (https://bit.ly/3jr9DY0) sent today to the African Union, Greenpeace Africa is calling for an urgent discussion of the consequences…

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South Africa’s no-show at global plastic treaty meeting deeply disappointing

Government’s unwillingness to provide moral leadership ignores the potential employment opportunities in shifting away from single-use plastic

Responding to its no-show at the ministerial meeting on a proposed global plastics treaty, Greenpeace Africa (www.GreenpeaceAfrica.org), groundWork and WWF have expressed deep concerns at the unwillingness of the South African government to showcase country’s leadership and willingness to tackle plastic pollution on a global platform. As the world moves…

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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…