Rainbow Warrior brings up win-win scenario in Sure Wind Tour

Press release - 2005-10-09
Greenpeace’s flagship, Rainbow Warrior, entered the Victoria Harbor today being led by a traditional Chinese style yacht “Duk Ling”, which represents Hong Kong, kick-started the Sure Wind – Rainbow Warrior Asia Clean Energy Revolution Tour. Greenpeace stressed that renewable energy is a win-win option for our environment and future economy.

Sure Wind - Rainbow Warrior Asia Clean Energy Revolution Tour 2005

Greenpeace's flagship, the Rainbow Warrior in Hong Kong's famous Victoria Harbour to launch the 'Asia Energy Revolution Tour'.

Rainbow Warrior, which was led by a traditional Chinese style yacht “Duk Ling”, entered the Victoria Harbour and kick-started the Sure Wind – Rainbow Warrior Asia Clean Energy Revolution Tour.

Rainbow Warrior, which was led by a traditional Chinese style yacht “Duk Ling”, entered the Victoria Harbour and kick-started the Sure Wind – Rainbow Warrior Asia Clean Energy Revolution Tour.

Greenpeace's flagship, the Rainbow Warrior in Hong Kong's famous Victoria Harbour, launched the 'Asia Energy Revolution Tour'.

The Rainbow Warrior is embarking on a 10-week tour in Asia. Hong Kong is the first stop. Afterwards, she will go to the Philippines and Thailand and expose the impacts of climate change and the potentials for developing renewable energy sources. It is an urgent call to stop burning fossil fuels and to promote a massive shift to cleaner, safer renewable energy.

Upon the arrival of the Rainbow Warrior, a series of activities, including photo exhibition on the impacts of desertification in the Yellow River Source, and an on-board press conference about the potential of wind energy development of the Wind Guangdong Report, will be conducted in the forthcoming two weeks.

"Asia is on the brink of climate change: the impacts are already affecting our environment, agriculture, economies and destroying lives and sustainable development," (1) said Greenpeace China's Campaign Director Lo Sze Ping on board the Rainbow Warrior. "Governments and industries, especially electric companies, should bear the social responsibility to make real and lasting commitment in renewable energy technology for our future and economy." (2)

China is one of the world's top ten wind energy markets having already installed 1,300 wind turbines nationwide. The Guangdong province, neighboring Hong Kong, has 180 turbines to date with more being planned. "Wind power is already a big business in China but what we see now is just a tip of the wind potential iceberg," said Lo. "Asian countries, which are mostly less developed, are more vulnerable to the destructive impacts of climate change. The crisis has to be tackled, and only clean renewable energy is a win-win option," concluded Lo.

Other contacts:

Lo Sze Ping, Campaign Director, Greenpeace China +852 2854-8300
Christine Fong, PR Officer, Greenpeace China +852 2854-8327

Notes:

1. The impacts of climate change in Asia include: high altitude glacial retreat; sea-level rise and flooding in low-lying areas especially coastal mega cities; an increase in flooding from heavier rains; severe droughts in arid areas; an increase in cyclone intensity; threats to agriculture and aqua-culture; freshwater at risk; and the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Every year for the past 20 years, an average of over 400 million people have been exposed to floods in Asia. Between 1987 and 1997, 44% of all flood disasters worldwide affected Asia, claiming 228,000 lives (93% of all flood-related deaths worldwide). Economic losses in that decade totaled US $136 billion.

2. Wind power is the world's fastest growing energy source with installed capacity growing at an average annual rate of over 20%. The technical potential of global wind could provide more than twice the expected world energy demand in 2020. The report Wind Force 12, by the Global Wind Energy Coalition and Greenpeace, maps out a blueprint for the practical and feasible delivery of 12% of world electricity supply from wind power by 2020. (http://www.ewea.org/03publications/WindForce12.htm)

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