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The deck of The Rainbow Warrior (III)

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Standing on the deck of the Rainbow Warrior is probably on my bucket list. (That would be if I’d written one. )

Yet here they are. My feet. On that deck.

Greenpeace lost the first vessel of this name in 1985. She was blown up in Auckland harbour in a vain attempt to dissuade the protesters from drawing international attention to French nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific.

When the first Rainbow warrior was sunk it drew international attention to the French nuclear weapons testing in the South Pacific. Funny that!

That was almost thirty years ago.

I was still at school.

On board a photographer lost his life. Fernando Peirera. He was a thirty five year old Dutch national of Portuguese origin.

Rainbow Warrior the second was retired in August 2011 to serve as a hospital ship in Bangladesh for another NGO named Friendship.

Rainbow Warrior III continues the struggle against negative environmental practice across the world. She and her sister ships patrol tirelessly. They bring attention to ongoing and new struggles.

They are unpopular among big business and global industry. This weekend Dutch residents crowded into Amsterdam for a chance to be welcomed aboard.

The trip was free.

Hundreds came.

We stood on that deck and in the bridge. We learned about the work they do.

I looked skywards and had a thought. I pictured myself sitting on a beach with a dinner fork trying to fill a hole, in the shadow of a massive digger waiting to excavate again.

Brave, possibly foolish, volunteers do the same. They chain themselves to things and cause disruption without violence. The international crew help gain support across the globe as governments negotiate for their release.

It’s a glimmer of hope that people can group together in a common cause. They go to see in search if something they can believe in. Salvation for our planet.

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14 comments on “The deck of The Rainbow Warrior (III)

  1. Debra
    April 13, 2014

    Love the image of the dove and rainbow under the word esperanza. It is all about hope and effort.

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    • lizard100
      April 13, 2014

      It was a special day. Good to be there and meet people doing what they can

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  2. rabthepict
    April 13, 2014

    😄🌈 warrior

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  3. truckerturningwrite
    April 14, 2014

    wow! nice experience.

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  4. Rambling Woods
    April 14, 2014

    I would love to have visited …. I follow what they do

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  5. Aquileana
    April 15, 2014

    Wonderful spotlight… Your blog looks so neat…
    Thanks for sharing, cheers, Aquileana 🙂

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    • lizard100
      April 15, 2014

      Thanks very much. Your blog looks very classical though my Spanish isn’t any good : )

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  6. P.E.A.C.E.
    April 16, 2014

    A very BRIGHT glimmer of hope! Great share. Thank you!

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    • lizard100
      April 16, 2014

      That’s true. Need to be optimistic. The people were dedicated and lovely. And there was no weird soliciting for money.

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      • P.E.A.C.E.
        April 16, 2014

        How refreshing!

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      • lizard100
        April 16, 2014

        It was like ‘thank you The Netherlands, welcome aboard!’ It was also over subscribed and meant to finish at 4.00 but they were welcoming people after 5.00 when we left.

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