The Greenpeace Africa, an international non-governmental environmental organisation, has appointed Njeri Kabeberi, a Kenya born environmental and human rights activist, as its Executive Director.
Greenpeace is an international environmental watchdog organisation that has been championing campaigns against uncontrolled logging that is destroying the Congo Basin rainforest and other environmental issues in Africa.
A statement by the organisation, in Abuja on Sunday, said the new executive director was appointed after an extensive search aimed at driving the organisation to a people powered movement.
It stated that the organisation’s Board Chairman, Brian Kagoro, said the new executive director had demonstrated true activism and environmental justice in her endeavours.
According to Mr. Kagoro, Africans are hungry for a new story, one with a better take on nature, humanity, their livelihoods, future and connection to the earth.
“It is critical to find someone who embodies passion, activism and understands the context of environmental justice in Africa and we are confident that Njeri represents that,’’ he said.
The statement quoted the newly appointed executive director as saying that the organisation would work with communities in Africa to ensure positive changes in the environment.
Ms. Njeri in the statement assured Africans that the flagship campaigns of the organisation would yield positive results under her watch.
“Africa has a major role to play in the global efforts to reverse climate change.
“Protecting its vast natural forest and safeguarding its rich ocean resources is centre to the continent’s contribution in averting the catastrophic effects of climate change.
“It is important that the continent works together to push for an end to illegal logging, unsustainable fishing and a shift from industrial agriculture to ecological farming to ensure that our biodiversity is protected,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Greenpeace currently runs campaigns on four issues in the continent to protect the Congo Basin from large scale deforestation and stop overfishing in West Africa.
Others are, promoting ecological farming in Africa as well as demanding a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources in South Africa in order to reverse the impacts of climate change.
It is active in no fewer than 40 countries across the globe including America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Ms. Njeri was the CEO of the Civil Society Reference Group and the immediate former Executive Director of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy.
She is also a member of the board of advisors of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and chairs the board of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict.
Ms. Njeri is passionate about social justice and women’s rights, and received the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Wedge Award in 2010.