Rainbow Warrior Arrives in Manila
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Manila for the last leg of its "Turn the tide" tour in Southeast Asia. Greenpeace is calling on President Benigno Simeon Aquino to commit to shift to 50% renewable energy by 2020 in the country. Greenpeace Southeast Asia is also celebrating its 10th year in the region with the arrival of the ship.
The Rainbow Warrior
Right now the Rainbow Warrior is on a tour to defend the Pacific Ocean. The ocean currently provides 60% of the world's tuna supplies, and supports tens of millions of people with both food and jobs. Yet despite its importance, the Pacific is under threat from pollution and wasteful fishing methods.
Greenpeace opened an office in Taiwan in 2010; Taiwan is home to one of the world's biggest fishing fleets, and our goal is raise public awareness of the deteriorating state of our oceans, and to get the Taiwanese fishing authorities to commit to a reduction in its fishing efforts, ban the use of fish aggregation devices, and to stop pirate fishing.
In Korea, Greenpeace will be working with allied organisations to educate the public about the impacts of overfishing in Korean waters, and to drive support for marine reserve creation, which will help restore fish populations and overall ecosystem health. Greenpeace is also campaigning to end dumping at sea in the waters between Korean and Japan.
In addition, Greenpeace is campaigning for a more sustainable fishing industry and a global network of marine reserves, covering 40% of the world's oceans, both necessary steps to creating health, living oceans and guaranteeing fish for future generations.
The Arctic Sunrise
Having spent the later part of 2010 work in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the oil spill, the Arctic Sunrise is kicking off the Coal Free Future tour in late January, and will move down the East coast through the month of February.
The tour will bring together communities to share strategies, information and solutions, energize local campaigns against coal plants, and support local groups. It will also raise awareness about America's oldest and dirtiest coal-burning power plants which are destroying communities, poisoning air and water, making families sick, and driving climate change.
After two lengthy Arctic expeditions in 2010 - the second voyage involving a successful protest against oil drilling operations in Baffin Bay, and a later blockade of an oil drilling ship off Scotland, the Esperanza is currently undergoing unforseen but urgent repairs, in Amsterdam and in dry dock in Las Palmas.
The Esperanza will soon be back in action, working on campaigns to protect both oceans and climate.