Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Connecting the Issues, Acting with Courage

Evening Programs
Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Kumi Naidoo

How are peace, equality, and simplicity related to catastrophic climate change? Why is nonviolent direct action, and even civil disobedience, necessary to secure our children’s future?

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, will invite Quakers to act and witness powerfully for a more just and sustainable way of living on the earth. He will share his own sources of hope and inspiration through stories from his experience as a South African in the struggle to end apartheid as well as a leader in the global climate movement. Prepare to be inspired, uplifted, and challenged.

Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights activist and the first African to hold the position of Executive Director of Greenpeace International. His expulsion from school at age 15 for anti-apartheid activities began a lifetime dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Kumi has held leadership positions on a wide range of education, community development, and social justice initiatives, including the 1997 National Men’s March against Violence against Women and Children.

Kumi sees his role at Greenpeace as that of an alliance builder and an agent of change, and is well-known for his acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the Arctic Ocean against oil companies planning to drill there. “Greenpeace was influenced by the Quaker movement in its early days, which calls for bearing witness against injustice,” Kumi explains. “I grew up under apartheid. Inaction was not an option.”