Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior to highlight Filipinos’ calls for climate justice

Press release - February 10, 2018
07 February 2018, Manila, Philippines – This year, Greenpeace’s most iconic ship, the Rainbow Warrior, will set sail in the Philippines on a 20-day journey in the name of the countless communities who are fighting for Climate Justice. The Rainbow Warrior will arrive in Manila on February 14, 2018 and will sail on the coasts of Guimaras and Tacloban until March 05, 2018.

“We know that those least responsible for climate change are suffering the worst consequences, so the Rainbow Warrior will be in the Philippines to visit areas that have experienced the brunt of climate impacts, as well as communities that are embracing solutions to the climate crisis,” said Desiree Llanos Dee, Climate Justice Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines.  

“The ship tour will serve as a global platform to help build support and solidarity with people most affected by the actions taken by greedy corporations that are historically largely responsible for carbon emissions and yet continue to line their pockets at the expense of people and the environment,” Llanos Dee added.

Dubbed as Balangaw: The Climate Justice Ship Tour, the Rainbow Warrior’s journey in the Philippines will have open days on February 17-18 in Manila, and March 3-4 in Tacloban, for the public to be able to go inside the world’s first purpose-built environmental campaigning ship. The event is free to all visitors, but interested parties must pre-register on the organization’s Eventbrite page:

The Rainbow Warrior will visit Manila to highlight the power of people who are reclaiming their rights to safe and ecologically sourced food, rights to resilient and thriving oceans, and to witness how the people are taking their power back by telling stories of survival and hope. In Guimaras, the ship will shine a spotlight on a future powered by renewable energy and our capability to move away from coal. The Rainbow Warrior will then set its sails to Tacloban in Region 8, the area most ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and from where the Waray-waray people are reclaiming their lives and telling their stories to the world on a journey to hold the big polluters accountable

The Rainbow Warrior – the first ship in the organization’s fleet designed and built specifically for Greenpeace – is one of the most energy efficient ships ever made. The third vessel to carry the name, the Rainbow Warrior carries with her a proud legacy of bearing witness and taking action to prevent environmental crimes around the world. The Rainbow Warrior will sail in the Philippines under the helm of Hettie Geenen, one of the few women captains in the high seas today.  

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.  Greenpeace campaigns are aimed at protecting the environment from further ecological ruin and serve as a beacon of awareness and action in the interest of environmental protection and sustainable development.

For more information:

JP Agcaoili, Media and Communications Manager, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
| +63 949 889 1334

Katrina Eusebio, Communications and Digital Support Officer, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
| +63 999 229 6451

For photos and videos:

Grace Duran-Cabus, Photo Desk, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
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