The Arctic Sunrise is crossing the Pacific
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The ship is on its way to Hawai'i!
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Meet the Crew
First Mate, Argentina
“I am from a popular place called Mar Del Plata located in Argentina. I was a Navy officer in the Argentina navy for 11 years. At one point, I started looking for other reasons to make my life more interesting, and during that time, I realized the environmental fight is a good cause to be part of. When I was in the navy my motivation was protecting my country and people. Now, I am motivated by environmental issues and saving the planet and its people. I lived near the Riachuelo, one of the most contaminated rivers in the world. In the Navy, I could see with my own eyes the impact of large commercial fishing on our local industry. Countries around the world were coming to fish and take everything and the local communities continue to struggle because of it. My job now is to make sure the captain has nothing to do. I am in charge of the safety and maintenance of the ship. I deal with all the people and actions. I help make the dreams of your actions come to life. During my down time, I try to video conference with my daughter or watch zombie movies — but my daughter always comes first.”
Second Mate, South Korea
“I live in a big city called Daegu located in South Korea. During my military duty, I worked on a merchant ship. I wanted to work for Greenpeace because I felt inspired by the work and felt as if it was a dream wonderland to become part of the crew. My current role is to navigate. Just doing my work makes me feel like I’m making a positive difference — helping both Greenpeace and nature. Last year, when I was a crew member during our Arctic oil campaign, our main aim was to find an oil rig. I charted the course and made sure we got to the oil rig. The most memorable moment was seeing it there after I charted the course. These days we use GPS and radars to navigate. In any moment however, all the technology can break. How can we sail without any equipment? We can use the stars, sun, and moon. We can check the angle of the stars and more. During my down time, my favorite thing to do is drink beer and talk with with my friends on the ship.”
3rd Mate, Taiwan
“As 3rd mate of the Arctic Sunrise, I help with navigation and I’m in charge of safety on board. I first heard of Greenpeace while at University studying Marine Biology. I volunteered to help with ship tours when one of our ships came to Taiwan and I realized that being a member of the Greenpeace crew was what I wanted to do. So after graduation, I went to navigation school and then applied to the Greenpeace ships as soon as I was certified. I’ve been sailing with Greenpeace for 2 years now. My most memorable moment on board was seeing dolphins swim through through bioluminescence while we were sailing off the coast of West Africa. It was absolutely stunning.”
Bosun, The Philippines
“I live in a business district within Manila. I worked for a commercial vessel in the Philippines and every vacation I would volunteer for Greenpeace. After my first journey on the Esperanza, I got called up four months later to come back, and after a year of being a deckhand, I became a bosun. The people who work on the ships are what inspires me — it is a totally different experience from commercial work. Here, if you take care of the people on board they will take care of you. Working with an amazing team with the same common goals on protecting the environment makes me feel that we symbolize hope. One of the most memorable parts of being on board was sailing to Antarctica. I saw big icebergs, penguins and whales feeding for the first time. I thought, what a pristine environment that needs protection. In my downtime, I like to hang out in the ship’s lounge and play the guitar and bass. I like learning the songs that people who come on board the ship bring from their home.”
Chief Engineer, The Netherlands
“10 years ago, I was fed up with the commercial maritime industry when a good friend introduced me to Greenpeace. I love working on our ships because of the people I get to meet and work with from all over the world. After 10 years with Greenpeace, I have a lot of incredible memories, especially beautiful places I’ve been able to see, from the Amazon to the Arctic.”
2nd Engineer, Curaçao
“I’ve been sailing as an engineer with Greenpeace for 13 years now. My team and I make sure that the ship is running well and able to do all the campaign work we do. I was originally hired when I was working in a shipyard and the Arctic Sunrise came in for maintenance. Greenpeace saw me working on the ship and offered me a job on the spot. I’ve been sailing with us ever since, enjoying my job on the sea and loving my time off at home.”
Radio Operator, Brazil
“As the Radio Operator on the Arctic Sunrise I make sure that all the communication systems on the ships are working, from satellite internet to radios and radar. I used to work as an IT engineer for some major corporations and I hated knowing that I was giving all my energy and knowledge to those industries, so I took a year off to volunteer with Greenpeace Spain. When I discovered the ships during my volunteer work I knew I wanted to work on board. I love knowing that my work is driven by ethical intention every day. I get really seasick aboard the Sunrise but I work through it because I feel good about the work we do. The sickness is temporary while working for your values is forever. “
Boat Mechanic, Tasmania
“I was living in Tasmania working as an Architect when I met one of Greenpeace’s captains. At the time I wasn’t happy sitting behind a computer all day so I decided to quit my job and join Greenpeace as a deckhand. That was nine years ago. I’m now the boat mechanic on board the Arctic Sunrise and I still love sailing with Greenpeace. I love getting to see the world and go to places that are not commonly seen. Like our recent trip to Antarctica to do research in the Weddell Sea. It was absolutely beautiful.”
“I live in Mexico City with my dog David Bowie. One day, I was watching TV and I saw a “Save the Arctic” commercial. At the beginning of the commercial there was a cute polar bear and it was swimming, then it kept swimming and kept swimming and you realize that there was no place for the polar bear to rest because there were no icebergs. This was really shocking for me. After that commercial I decided to take action. I started spreading important news online. I strongly believe that people power online can make change. In 2015, I remember I was cleaning the deck when I started to hear bubbling come from outside, I looked at the sea and saw a sea lion playing. I called out to the sea lion and it looked up at me and then started started rolling around. It was very shocking and very powerful moment in my life. I realized that this sea lion cannot protect its home by itself. We are not alone on this planet and we don’t own it. We must realize that we are actually sharing the planet. I applied for a volunteer deckhand position in 2015 and have since crossed the Panama Canal two times. The fact that the crew are from different countries makes it easy to learn different and new things. We are not alone in this fight for the planet. “
Deckhand, North Carolina
“I live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my dog and two cats. When I lived in Miami many years ago, I volunteered with Greenpeace for many years and did a lot of events. I have always loved the pictures of the Greenpeace ships when I was a kid, and for awhile I thought I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I had this dream of saving the environment and the world. It was always in the back of my mind. A Greenpeace trainer posted about being a volunteer deckhand on the ship and it became a dream come true. I find that both being a paramedic and working for Greenpeace is doing something that makes a difference. One of my favorite memories being on the ship was when people were starting to come out of seasickness. I was watching people trying to balance and Rosy started to film the crew with her camera balancing all their items — everyone started to bond and laugh. I also loved seeing hundreds of Dall’s porpoises swimming along the ship as we were coming into Seattle. People taking care of each other has been really nice on board.”
The majority of LA’s industrial oil activity takes place in minority and low income communities — this is environmental racism. Gov Brown needs to say NO to be fossil fuels in California. https://t.co/PPxu45YzR5 #BrownsLastChance pic.twitter.com/9nU1Ua4xiG
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) August 14, 2018