"After several years in the anti-poverty movement I came to see how the struggles against poverty and climate change are two sides of the same coin. All our different struggles are linked together."
Today Kumi Naidoo takes over as the new executive director for Greenpeace International. Kumi is a well-known activist, involved with the anti-apartheid struggle from the age of 15. His strong involvement in South African politics led to his arrest there in 1986. He was forced into exile in the UK in 1989.
In this video he outlines why we must have the courage to push for an energy revolution and create a green economy while there is still time.
He is a Rhodes Scholar and earned a doctorate in political sociology at Magdalen College Oxford. For the last ten years he has been the Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and has also sat on the board of Greenpeace Africa.