Rainbow Warrior lll…

An amazing article about the latest Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior vessel. It’ll be one of the most sustainable and technologically advanced ships on earth when it’s completed.

Full article in pdf: Return of the Rainbow Warrior | Environment | The Observer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2011/jun/12/rainbow-warrior-greenpeace-anniversary-ethical

The quote inspired me to follow Claire’s lead and create a message for the hallway!

‘On one level Rainbow Warrior III is the inspired result of some of the latest thinking in sailboat technology from world-leading – mainly Dutch – computer modellers and wind-tunnel obsessives. On another it is the latest fulfilment of an old Native American prophecy:

“There will come a time when the earth grows sick, and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the world who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it… they will be known as the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’.”

There are various sources for that prophecy, which spread among early environmentalists when it was published in a book of Hopi Indian and Cree legends in California in 1962. But 15 years later, when Greenpeace activists in the UK came up with the idea of taking a ship to bear witness to some of the more blatant acts of ecological destruction – from whaling and oil exploration to nuclear testing and industrial fishing – that were occurring in the remote oceans, there was only one name that could do it justice. The Aberdeen-built trawler the Sir William Hardy” was almost ready for scrap when it was bought by Greenpeace for £40,000. After a refit and hand-painting of the famous logo on its bow, it first sailed out along the Thames on 15 May 1978.’

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2 thoughts on “Rainbow Warrior lll…

  1. I love proverbs and parables, the idea that a few words can convey great widsom from different cultures. One of my favourites is taken from my mother’s kitchen and now resides in ours…”May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

    On the foot of my blog (not that I am advertising!) I quote the following ancient Indian proverb…”Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

    To me, this reads like a modern parable on sustainability. Bhuddism and eastern philosophy tell us that nothing is permanent; we are merely passing though history. We have a moral duty to care for the earth, ultimately, we own nothing.

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