Rainbow Warrior coming to Manila on Anti-Pollution Crusade

Press release - February 16, 2000
The Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace's flagship and foremost messenger of peace and environmental harmony will be arriving in Manila next week on the third leg of an Asian tour for a toxic free future.

The Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace's flagship and foremost messenger of peace and environmental harmony will be arriving in Manila next week on the third leg of an Asian tour for a toxic free future.

The famous sailing vessel, which has also visited India and Thailand in the past two months, is expected to arrive on Tuesday, February 22 to continue its global tour against toxics pollution.

"The Rainbow Warrior is coming here to link up with local groups and communities fighting pollution. We will be reaching out to the people to affirm their rights and demands for a clean and safe environment, and engage our decision makers about the necessity of clean production," said Francis de la Cruz, Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner in the Philippines.

Aside from the Manila visit, the ship will have key stops in Subic, Cebu and Bacolod to meet with local groups and communities, receive dignitaries, host Open Days for interested citizens and students and release findings of Greenpeace's scientific investigations on pollution in the Philippines. This is the first visit of the Rainbow Warrior to the Philippines.

"In the Philippines we are particularly concerned about the juggernaut of toxic an1 dirty technologies now taking root in this country and the fact that most of the solutions being offered to mitigate our environmental problems are flawed and ineffective," said Greenpeace's Asia Toxics campaigner Von Hernandez.

"Through tile Rainbow Warrior, we would also like to sound the alarm about the slow motion and life threatening pollution disasters happening in the country such as the legacy of toxic and persistent poisons left behind by the Americans in their former bases in Clark and Subic," added Hernandez.

The Asian tour, particularly tile Thailand and Philippine legs, is also part of Greenpeace's campaign to bolster its presence in Southeast Asia, considered by the 28 year old organization as a key arena in the global crusade to save the planet. Greenpeace will soon be establishing a Southeast Asian regional base in Bangkok with strong campaigning operations in the Philippines and other key ASEAN states.

The Asian leg of the global tour began in India in December last year after which the boat proceeded to Thailand. After the Philippines, the Rainbow Warrior will be sailing onward to Hong Kong and Japan.

The wind-powered Rainbow Warrior has a long and rich history of international campaigns for environmental justice. The very name Rainbow Warrior was inspired by a North American Indian legend which prophesies that when man has destroyed the world through his greed, the Warriors of the Rainbow will arise to save it. The new Rainbow Warrior replaces the original ship that was sunk by the French secret service in 1985 amid worldwide protests against French nuclear testing in the Pacific.

The three-mast schooner was rebuilt on the hull of the former fishing vessel "Grampian Frame " and was launched on July 10,1989, the anniversary of the sinking of her predecessor. The oceangoing vessel which has traveled the world's waters is equipped with the latest in electronic navigation, sailing and communication equipment.

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