George Mason student activists tour the new Rainbow Warrior
by David Pinsky
February 9, 2012
A dozen students from George Mason Universitys Environmental Action Group (EAG) toured the new Rainbow Warrior, Tuesday night to learn more about Greenpeaces newest flagship and get inspired for their campus campaigns.
After receiving a private tour of the ships deck, helipad, and conference room, I met with the students to talk about their visit.
They were thrilled to learn more about Greenpeaces history. How we got our start on the seas in 1971, protesting nuclear weapons testing off the coast of Alaska.
EAGs Campaign Coordinator Jason Von Kundra told me he loved the innovation onboard the new ship. He was impressed that Greenpeace found a way to design a helipad on a sailboat, despite initial doubts from engineers. Jason said this was symbolic of how Greenpeace is on a larger scale. Greenpeace uses innovate ways [with its campaigns] and it works!
We talked about how Greenpeace uses non-violent direct action to create lasting change for our planet. Six students, including Jason, and a professor from George Mason recently risked arrest at the Tar Sands Action sit-in last August to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The George Mason crew told me students and young people must get involved in the youth climate movement today, and to not be afraid to disobey the law using non-violent direct action and civil disobedience. Students must use [their] civil rights, or theres no point in having them. When were complacent they [our opposition] win.
I couldnt agree more.
If youre at George Mason, get involved with EAG today.