By Jo, communications officer
The ships are really where the heart of Greenpeace is. I’ve been lucky enough to have some wonderful experiences on board our ships the Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise. But until today I had never even seen our most iconic ship, the Rainbow Warrior. And what a way to see it, from our media boat I along with 60 journalists and a few of our delegation, being escorted into Bali by a flotilla of local fishing boats. They were all bearing messages demanding climate action and calling for people across the world to join the global day of action tomorrow.
The media loved it, the crew of the boat we hired loved it, and we loved it. There were some extra guests– the Indonesian Navy came along too. Though I’m not entirely sure they were participating, there was a noticeable lack of banners on their boats.
The only blemish was that the fishing boat flotilla was not allowed to come into the harbour as planned. The official line was that it was too dangerous for the coast guard to manage so many boats coming in. I’ve just found out that it was because the fishermen refused to take their banners down. A condition that was not acceptable to a community already suffering from climate change.
As local fishermen union head Wayan Tudjana said: The fishermen of Bali are already suffering the consequences of climate change. Our corals are dying, which will affect our fishing - and we fear the effects of sea level rise on our communities. We demand concrete action plans, including steps to rehabilitate our community
It was fantastic to be out on the water today, even that brief trip reminded me of how precious a resource our seas are. Working with a community who depend on the seas, made the terrible news about the oil spill in South Korea, particularly poignant.