In light of bringing environmental change and sustainability to Africa, for Africans, Greenpeace Africa appointed Njeri Kabeberi as Executive Director.
According to Greenpeace Africa Board Chair Brian Kagoro, it was critical to find someone who embodies passion, activism and understands the context of environmental justice in Africa, he further believes that Njeri embodies all these qualities.
Njeri comes from a strong background of human rights activism, having served as CEO for the Civil Society Reference Group and as the immediate former Executive Director of the Centre for Multiparty Democracy. She also chairs the board of the International Centre for Policy and Conflict and is a member of the board of advisors of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
Her works do not go un-noticed, as she has received the ILO Wedge Award in 2010 for her passion on social justice and women’s rights. She has extensive INGO leadership and management experience and was on the Board of the Ke
nya Human Rights Commission for many years.
She heads Greenpeace while it runs campaigns on four key issues on environmental protection in Africa, particularly to protect the Congo Basin from large scale deforestation, stop overfishing in West Africa, promoting ecological farming in the Horn of Africa as well as demanding a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources in South Africa.
“We will continue to work on our flagship campaigns but more so, we shall be working closely with communities to ensur
e that our campaigns speak to the local realities on the continent and can effect change in the day to day life of our people” said Njeri Kabeberi. Futher adding that 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.
She noted that 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.