Greenpeace launched their third Rainbow Warrior vessel at a ceremony in Berne-Motzen, Germany, last week. The Rainbow Warrior III carries state of the art communications equipment, two boats and has room to carry a helicopter, all allowing the vessel to be first on the oceanic protest lines.
“The new Rainbow Warrior is the perfect ship with which navigate the perfect storm of ecological, economic and democratic crises lashing our world”, said Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director, at the ceremony.
“With an international crew on board, the Rainbow Warrior will confront environmental criminals across the world, investigate and expose destructive activities, but perhaps most of all will provide a beacon of hope and an inspiration to action wherever she goes.”
Melina Laboucan-Massimo, the Godmother of the new Rainbow Warrior, quoted the Cree Indian prophecy from which the ship got its name:
“There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the world who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it… they will be known as the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’.”
Paid for by over a hundred thousand donations, the Rainbow Warrior III’s first cruise will be a thank you tour of the European Coast before making its first ocean crossing to the Americas.