|Greenpeace activists party with the people of Bo Nok community, home of assassinated anti-coal activist Charoen Wataksorn and release paper lanterns to commemorate his successful fight against coal power plants in Thailand.|
A wise man once said: “endings are mere beginnings that are looked at the opposite direction."
This was the thought that occupied my mind as I look at the sky, illuminated by the glow of numerous paper lanterns carrying messages of hope for a clean renewable future, signaling the end of the Asia Energy Revolution Tour. Tomorrow the Rainbow Warrior leaves the shores of Thailand, off to its next destination.
Such could be said with the tour as we stand here now to put a close to another chapter of this continuing campaign to put clean and renewable energy in the public spotlight. We have gone through a lot in the precedent weeks where we met opposition from governments, plant operators, police and security personnel. We have linked arms and built bridges with numerous communities who’ve stood in solidarity with us in our fight against climate change and coal.
Some have been bruised, beaten, and arrested. We’ve been through sun and rain in a rollercoaster ride of emotions all to advance our message of the urgency of combating the causes of climate change with the available solutions that can be found in the form of energy tapped from solar, wind and modern biomass.
We’ve been met with guns and crowbars; smiles and optimism that came along with the dancing and music that greeted each port arrival. And in the midst of it all there were the communities: coming from places that are either affected or threatened by coal and climate change. Together we were able to put our agenda into the table of the policy makers and financing agencies of the region.
It is to them we set aside the victories that we were able to win on this tour. Because we know that whether we may be in Masinloc, Pulupandan, Lampang or Prachuap Khiri Khan we are not alone in our struggle. So now as the policy makers of the region stand on the crossroads so as to whether they’d join our fight or continue to stand on the sidelines at the expense of our climate. The revolution goes on for us for there are yet more to be overcome as we carry on with our battle cry: ‘Clean Energy Now!’