Ark being built on Mount Ararat

Feature story - 16 May, 2007
Greenpeace activists have started construction on a replica of Noah's Ark, 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level. Many people believe that Mount Ararat is the place where Noah's Ark landed after the floods. The replica ark is designed to be a symbol of hope and dramatic plea to world leaders to take far-reaching and urgent action to avoid catastrophic global warming.

A caravan of 40 horses hauled twelve cubic meters of prefabricated wooden sections to an elevation of 2,500 meters, where work has now begun on constructing supports as well as the keel and ribs of the boat.

Recently, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed the potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change caused by human activity and detailed the possible consequences if we fail to act immediately. While the picture they paint is a dire one, there are concrete steps we can take now to avoid the more nightmarish scenarios.

Building the message

The 10m x 4m x 4m (32ft x 13ft x 13ft) wooden ship, being constructed by Greenpeacevolunteers, will send a strong message to leaders of all nations that we must act now to tackle global warming and the impendingclimate change crisis. 

A caravan of 40 horses have hauled the prefabricated wooden sections up Mount Ararat, where work has now begunon constructing supports as well as the keel and ribs of the boat. Over the next 2 weeks, a team of 20 German and Turkish carpenters willcomplete the construction of the boat, which will be turned over to thepublic in an official ceremony on  May 31, 2007. A day before the ceremony, activists will climb the 5,137 metersummit of Mount Ararat and call on the leaders of all nations to makeclimate protection a reality.

Building towards a solution

Greenpeace recently launched the Energy [R]evolution, a blueprintfor avoiding dangerous climate change and keeping global warming tounder two degrees. The Energy [R]evolution sets out a detailed plan up to2050 showing how to make reductions in greenhouse gases - which IPCCprescribes can be achieved using current renewable energy technologyand energy efficiency measures - without harming economic growth andtaking into account population increases.

"At the upcoming G8 summit, many announcements will be madeon climate protection, but they must be followed by real action,"said Andree Böhling, a Greenpeace energy campaigner, "Otherwise, theG8 summit will pay only lip service to climate change and ahistoric opportunity will be lost."

Climate change could mean a future with huge coastal flooding, drought,extreme destructive weather events and massive increases in disease anddisplacement of hundreds of million of people. That's why millions of people around the world are already mobilizing.  They'relobbying politicians, changing what they buy and making smart energychoices.  

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