Do you remember that time when the French foreign intelligence bombed a Greenpeace ship killing one person in the process? I don’t, I was 3 years old. I found about it today, from Wikipedia.
It was 1985 when what many call a state-sponsored terrorist attack, Greenpeace’s flagship vessel – The Rainbow Warrior – took place in New Zealand’s Port of Auckland in New Zealand. As a result of the bombing, the ship sunk and one crewman – Fernando Pereira – was killed.
As fascinating this piece of history is, and as much as I exploring it further (there are full feature movies on the topic on YouTube), the world moved on, and here we are, in 2018. Many things have changed since the attack, other changed because of it – including a major shift in New Zealand’s foreign policy in repose to a lack of condemnation of the attack from many of its allies, and a halt of French nuclear test in the Pacific (though only for 10 years) – but at the same time, many things staid the same, amongst them – the ongoing threat to our planet’s environment and The Rainbow Warrior making a stance against it.
Wait, what? Didn’t I just say that the French agents sunk it? Right, they did. But after the truth about their shameful deeds came out and the French government was forced to pay retributions to Greenpeace as well as the killed crewman’s family, some of those funds were used to purchase a new The Rainbow Warrior. So, there it is, a new boat continuing the good work of the good boat. Except that, not exactly…
How? Turns out that there is an even newer boat! And yes, you guessed it, it’s called The Rainbow Warrior (III). But there is more. Wait for it. The Rainbow Warrior is coming to Phuket!
Not only does it carry along the legacy of the original Rainbow Warrior but it’s also a very special boat in itself, being purposely built as a campaigning ship. Greenpeace didn’t buy just any boat and stuck their logo on it, they build with spreading their eco-message around the globe.
I’m not going to pretend, I don’t know much about the Rainbow Warrior, and whatever I know, I’ve read on Greenpeace’s website. So, do your own reading and if you find all this as fascinating as I did, head this weekend to Phuket Town. It’s there, in Phuket’s Deep Sea Port that the vessel will be docked, and more importantly – open to visitors.
Public tours of the Rainbow Warrior will be conducted from June 9-10 and on June 12, from 9 am to 6 pm as part of Greenpeace’s tour of Thailand entitled “Rainbow Warrior Ship Tour 2018: 100% Renewable Energy for All”. Alongside the tours many activities will be held, including a green market, an exhibit on the impacts of climate change, Greenpeace and the environmental movement, and the history of the Rainbow Warrior. There will also be games, mini-concerts by Job Bunjob and Tattoo Colour, and a showcase of 1,000-Watt solar energy kits.
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