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December 2 2011 at 10:10

DURBAN - GREENPEACE will do everything they can to make sure Eskom's latest venture, Kusile coal-powered fire station, does not see the light of day, according to the head of the organisation, Kumi Naidoo.

Naidoo, who was speaking at a COP17 side event, was advocating peaceful civil disobedience as a way to force governments and society to change.

Both Kusile and Medupi are under construction, with Kusile still in early stages of construction.

“Kusile and Medupi will be two of the biggest coal-fired power stations in history. Coal is not only about emissions. People live around coal mines. It destroys water and air quality. The true cost of coal is much more than the electricity price,” Naidoo said.

He would not be drawn on what Greenpeace planned.

Civil disobedience was gaining momentum around the world as an increasing number of people understood how the balance of power was shifting away from government to big business.

“Occupy Wall Street was driven by a sense that corporate power is becoming disproportionally powerful and is undermining democracy.”

Corporates had enormous influence over governments and were able to influence public policy in a way voters could not.

On the COP17 negotiations, Naidoo said the United Nations process was not to blame if a climate deal could not be struck.

“Countries come here with mandates which are so narrow they strangle the process. It's wrong to finger the negotiations when the problem is the very low level of vision from nations.”

 

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