A little more than a dozen candles flicker in the dark wheelhouse of the Rainbow Warrior.

An anti-climatic ending for the Turn the Tide Tour of Southeast Asia that rallied, thousands into action for the past 3 months or so, but nevertheless, the candles stand as a testimony to the life of the few who chose to stand up, to bear witness and to offer up their lives, limbs and liberty for what we believe is the greater good of the planet.

The candles flicker for the life of one whose youth, has been stolen so that real, lasting and meaningful change would be ushered in.  The candles shine for Crizel Jane Valencia, a very brave six year old girl from Mabalacat, Pampanga in the Philippines.

The life of Crizel, reminds us of the painful and downright unpleasant struggles we've been through. It makes us realize that this present moment in time, this is where the vision lives; these are steps on the way to our dream.

The candles glimmer to console, to celebrate and to renew our commitments to the struggle –to our dream.

Candles function as a symbol of our ‘presence’ --our presence that is encapsulated in our longings which we hope would come to light in time, the consciousness of our limitations reminds us that these longings perhaps will not be realized until we’re all long gone, but the light of the candles reminds us that our hopes can, and in the mystery of our intention for a better world can, the light of the candles matter because it counts as if we are still there when the dream is fulfilled.

In the light, our hopes shine in spite of all distractions.

10 years of Greenpeace in Southeast Asia is not only about our work for ushering in landmark environmental legislations and introducing solutions but also about the life of that one girl –Crizel, whose life has inspired many into action for the greener and peaceful future that we once again dedicate our lives to.

May the light shine now more than ever.

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