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Articles by Nnimmo Bassey

COP21 agreed to a climate-changed world

Recognition of global warming is one thing; taking genuine action is another, writes Nnimmo Bassey.

  • December 15, 2015
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Two good days when crimes against nature were exposed

An extraordinary gathering of frontline communities in Paris has been presenting evidence of crimes against nature. Nigerian poet and activist Nnimmo Bassey reports.

  • December 10, 2015
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Rio minus the principles

Reflecting on the Rio+20 Earth Summit, Nnimmo Bassey fears the gains of 1992 are slipping through our fingers.

  • June 25, 2012
  • 0

Sustainability resides in solidarity

As the Rio+20 Earth Summit winds up, Nnimmo Bassey argues we must listen to those experiencing the impacts of environmental crises, not big businesses.

  • June 21, 2012
  • 0

Durban became a procrastinators’ paradise

In his final missive from COP17 climate talks, Nnimmo Bassey lays into a polluters’ deal that spells catastrophe for the world’s poorest.

  • December 12, 2011
  • 1

‘There is no planet B’

Hope for a binding treaty starts to evaporate in Durban as politicians look to a deal that will cook the continent, says Nnimmo Bassey.

  • December 5, 2011
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The Kyoto protocol is in grave danger

African negotiators told not to ‘waste  time’ calling for developed nations to cut CO2, reports Nnimmo Bassey.

  • December 1, 2011
  • 1

Challenging climate apartheid

‘Let us begin, brothers, for until now we have done nothing’…. As talks kick off in Durban, Nnimmo Bassey is cheered by messages of hope.

  • November 28, 2011
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Are Durban climate talks worth the bother?

Nigerian environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey describes low expectations in South Africa.

  • November 25, 2011
  • 2

Leave it in the ground!

Activists Nnimmo Bassey and Mel Evans report from the frontline.

  • January 1, 2009
  • 1

About Nnimmo Bassey

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Nnimmo Bassey is a published poet, head of Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria and Chair of Friends of the Earth International. He also runs Oilwatch International.
Bassey’s poetry collections include We Thought It Was Oil But It Was Blood (2002) and I will Not Dance to Your Beat (Kraft Books, 2011). His latest book, To Cook a Continent (Pambazuka Press, 2012) deals with destructive fossil fuel industries and the climate crisis in Africa.
He was listed as one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2009 and won the 2010-Right Livelihood Award also known as the ‘Alternative Noble Prize.’

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