Kumi Naidoo steps into office at Greenpeace as the new International Executive Director. He carries with him the hopes of millions upon millions of individuals, groups and peoples:

“These are big challenges we are facing like never before. If we are able to understand the moment we live in and respond with the courage to create a green economy to push for an energy revolution and to fundamentally ensure that we can share this planet in a more equitable way we can reverse the dangerous path that mankind has started on.

Coming to Greenpeace is an opportunity for me to be part of an organisation that has played a leadership role in warning about the dangers of environmental destruction and climate change.

Greenpeace is a movement that has consistently promoted non-violent direct action. At a time where civil disobedience appears to be the only way we can actually push our governments Greenpeace’s methodology offers us the most promise – because right now the only possibility we have to get our governments to listen to us …is to ensure that they are being constantly pushed.” (End of quote).

It’s twenty years since I began work at Greenpeace Germany as a member of the Greenpeace Germany North Sea Campaign (toxics team). I came back to Britain in 1993. My Greenpeace years taught me many things and although my role has changed now – I’m a writer and a journalist – I don’t suppose I will ever forget that there are vast oceans of expertise in this special organisation – which now more than ever – we all desperately need.