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Quit Coal Tour

Background - 4 February, 2009
Burning coal is the single greatest cause of climate change. Our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior sailed across the Mediterranean and Europe in 2008 to call for this region to quit coal and save the climate.

For up to date information, please see the Greenpeace USA Quit Coal website.

The Rainbow Warrior and the Arctic Sunrise took the clear message to"Quit Coal"  to 11 Mediterranean and European countries ahead ofcrucial UN climate negotiations held in Poznan, Poland in December2008. From Israel to Denmark, the tour highlighted that to save theclimate, we have to end our dependence on coal, and adopt more cleanenergy solutions.

Through a variety of high profile Greenpeace campaigns, on-board andin-port activities, exhibitions, concerts and more we spread themessage that we can fight climate change but only if we quit coal, andcatalyse a revolution in the ways we use and produce energy.

From landmark court rulings,to cancellation of plans for coal-fired plants, to senior politiciansjoining our call, we've made it clear that if we are to get seriousabout tackling climate change, then the world needs to quit itsaddiction to coal.

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The Rainbow Warrior was also involved in successful "Quit Coal, Save the Climate" campaigns in New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand, in 2008. From New Zealand to Denmark we've occupied coal mines and power plants,blockaded coal cargo ships and carriers, and branded all things coal asserial climate offenders - this includes a valiant effort by our Australian office who painted 20 coal cargo ships in one go.

"The single greatest threat to the climate comes from burning coal. Coal-fired generation is historically responsible for most of the fossil-fuel CO2 in the air


Jim Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Coal fired the furnaces of the 19th century's Industrial Revolution. Today, this dirty fuel generates 40 percent of the world's electricity. From mining through to burning and beyond, coal leaves a trail of environmental destruction. More polluting than natural gas, or even oil, the effects of burning coal have become a global problem as the impacts of climate change continue to escalate.