Kumi Naidoo is a veteran social and environmental justice campaigner. Picture: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Kumi Naidoo is a veteran social and environmental justice campaigner. Picture: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Podcasts for the environment - Power, People and Planet with Kumi Naidoo. Episode Three: Tasneem Essop

By Kumi Naidoo Time of article published Nov 25, 2021

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Feeling at all freaked out by the state of the world at the moment? Wondering what you can do about it?

Join Kumi Naidoo, the veteran social and environmental justice campaigner, to tackle some of the biggest issues of our time in a series of podcasts.

In the third episode, Kumi’s guest Tasneem Essop is the Executive Director of Climate Action Network.

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"There's nothing like watching the home that you live in being demolished by bulldozers to make you politically conscious."

Growing up in Cape Town's District 6 in the 1970s, Tasneem experienced racial segregation, forced eviction and discrimination first hand.

Her anti-apartheid activism eventually took her into politics, serving as a provincial environment minister in South Africa’s post-apartheid ANC government. As a radical minister within a conservative bureaucracy, Tasneem fought to connect environmental issues to poverty and development.

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Since then, Tasneem has served as WWF's head of global climate policy, going behind the scenes as head of delegation at the Paris Climate Talks, and now leads the Climate Action Network – the planet’s largest coalition for climate justice.

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* Follow Kumi Naidoo on social media on Learn More about Power, People & Planet by visiting: https://powerpeopleplanet.org, on his Facebook page or on Twitter.

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In each episode Kumi is joined by activists, artists and community leaders who are dismantling our broken system - and building something better in its place.

Hear their stories. Learn what has kept them fighting. Find out how we all can make a difference.

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