Photo credit: Greenpeace
The international environmental lobby group Greenpeace yesterday opened its first African office in Johannesburg, South Africa. In a statement, Greenpeace said working on the ground in Africa was part of its commitment "to tackling the most urgent environmental problems facing the continent - climate change, deforestation and overfishing."Greenpeace also said it also plans to a second office later this month in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and a third in Dakar, Senegal in 2009. The Johannesburg office will initially work to push South Africa to take a strong stand at the December United Nations climate talks in Poznan, Poland. Greenpeace hopes South Africa will lobby for a deal that includes funding from rich countries for developing countries to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
South Africa is the 14th highest carbon emitter in the world, but Greenpeace says it has an opportunity to take a lead in an African energy revolution developing solar, wind and biomass energy resources.
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