Greenpeace upbeat at renewable energy prospects

New Executive Director Greenpeace International Bunny  McDiarmidBy TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – EXECUTIVE Director of Greenpeace International, Bunny McDiarmid, has expressed confidence Africa would attain full renewable energy use by 2050.

The executive has visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues.

The visit was McDiarmid’s first to the continent since taking office in April.

“What I heard is achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 is absolutely possible in Africa,” said McDiarmid.

“However, it will require a shift in understanding that renewable energy is already a viable solution but it needs to be backed by the policy makers,” added McDiarmid.

McDiarmid said her visit to South Africa was to meet and support my colleagues in Africa.

She said promoting sustainable development was the most viable option for not only driving sustainable social and economic changes but important for protecting the climate.

“Keeping dirty fossil fuels in the ground in every corner of the world is no longer a choice it’s an imperative,” she added.

Greenpeace International recently appointed two female International Executive Directors. Jennifer Morgan and McDiarmid took up the reigns in a shared-leadership role in April .

They succeed South African born Kumi Naidoo who had been at the helm of the organisation for five and a half years.

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