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article imageNew Greenpeace head says human existence 'under threat'

By Kevin Jess     Nov 16, 2009 in Environment
Kumi Naidoo, the new Greenpeace head, says that human existence is "fundamentally under threat". He will make human life a priority for the environmental group.
Kumi Naidoo took over Monday as the executive director for the environmental group, Greenpeace.
As a teen, Mr. Naidoo battled apartheid in South Africa, then went on to lead campaigns to end poverty and protect human rights around the world.
Gerd Leipold, the former head of Greenpeace says Naidoo is the first African to ever hold the position, reports China Daily.
Upon taking the top position of the group Mr. Naidoo said that since climate change is threatening our very existence it only makes sense to make human life a priority.
Mr. Naidoo has also been critical of President Barack Obama for failing to make the fate of the earth a priority and he says that Mr. Obama's statements today concerning the environment, do not have the same urgency as they did during his election campaign, reports BBC News.
"During his election campaign, every single speech that he gave, he talked about a planet in peril, referring to climate change. We all understood that he got it," Mr. Naidoo said to BBC News.
At a meeting with world leaders Sunday, President Obama said that a comprehensive climate deal was beyond reach this year, after promising an end to eight years of climate change inaction under President George W. Bush and also after a promise to lead the world toward an agreement in Copenhagen next month, reports the New York Times.
Mr. Naidoo said he is also "quite disappointed" that President Obama hasn't said if he would even attend the UN conference in Copenhagen.
Naidoo says that human existence on Earth is "under threat".
He said to BBC News, "We are seeing every year now, 300,000 more people dying from what can be described as climate-related impacts."
Associated Press quoted Mr. Naidoo on Monday as saying, "Anything short of a binding treaty in Copenhagen must be read as a failure of leadership on the part of the political class. We can't change the science. The science is clear. We have to change the politics. If we can't change the politics, then we have to put our energies into changing the politicians."
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