Greenpeace Africa’s Rainbow Warrior docks in Cape Town.

Just off three months in the Amazon basin protesting against deforestation, the Rainbow Warrior was stopping in Cape Town en route to Durban for some maintenance before heading to the east coast of Africa, where she will be supporting a research based campaign against over fishing by local and international fishing corporations. Both of these are significant projects and its exciting to know that the Greanpeace Africa volunteers and crew are making a difference. Read more about their campaigns here.

This is actually the third Rainbow Warrior, the original did much work in protest activities against seal hunting, whaling and nuclear weapons testing during the 1970s and 1980s. She was sunk whilst in harbor in New Zealand by the French intelligence services on 10 July 1985, killing one of the activists. Talk about a four pas. The second Rainbow Warrior had 22 tireless years of frontline campaigning against nuclear testing in the Pacific, blocking coal ports and closing down destructive fishing operations. She was retired on 16 August 2011.

This the third Rainbow Warrior is the first ship in the fleet designed and built specifically for Greenpeace, making her one of the most environmentally-friendly ships ever built; call from donations and sponsors. The tours was fascinating, all crew charming and passionate and we were left with the underlying message that “she is an icon of non-violent action and a beacon of hope for millions of people around the world.”

You can follow the adventures at www.greenpeace.org or if time allows, volunteer to spend some time aboard working towards a better world. I dream of doing exactly that one day, if only they a double berth for the Pup and I, we would be tempted. In the meantime I’ve signed up to donate R150.00 a month, easy to do and if you’re interested in doing the same, the form can be filled in here.
The rescue boat and rubber duck for explorations.
The control room.
The brains where all the thinking and staff discussions happen.
The theme of Green prevails throughout, I like that. #Greenpeace

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