This month, we’re excited to welcome again the Rainbow Warrior to Aussie shores, because it embarks on a journey up the West Australian shoreline to affix with native communities and defend our oceans and local weather from fossil gas firm Woodside – and its monstrous Burrup Hub fuel mission.
Greenpeace has deep connections to Western Australia and its oceans.
In truth, this journey marks 45 years since Greenpeace Australia Pacific first started again within the Seventies. A time when whaling was the best risk to whales and activists put their our bodies between the whales and whalers – serving to to place an finish to business whaling on this nation.
And now in 2023, as the best risk to whales comes from fossil gas corporations driving harmful local weather change, our crew will probably be crusing the size of WA with a easy message: select whales not Woodside.
Excited to dive into extra historical past concerning the Rainbow Warrior? After all you’re.
Right here’s a glance again at among the different occasions that Greenpeace’s flagship vessel has campaigned in Australian waters:
Again within the Nineties, the Rainbow Warrior II visited Australian waters as a part of its expedition to the Pacific to doc and protest in opposition to driftnet fishing.
The next 12 months, in 1991, Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior returned to Australia to take a stand in opposition to fossil gas big BHP, who was conducting seismic testing searching for offshore oil on the time.
The ship carried a banner “Whales and Oil don’t combine”.
On this specific event, BHP’s ship, the Western Odyssey, was efficiently prevented from persevering with with its harmful seismic testing actions due to the efforts of the crew.
By 1993, Greenpeace’s well-known rainbow ship returned as soon as once more for a four-month tour across the south and east coasts of Australia.
The tour noticed a number of ports of name alongside the way in which, together with blockading the doorway of a cargo ship, the Jap Ruby, into Sydney Harbour which was carrying tropical timber from Malaysia.
Plus a cease into Hobart, the place scientists onboard took oil samples and activists occupied a jarosite dumping ship for nearly twelve hours.
The journey even noticed some particular visitor appearances onboard – together with Paul and Linda McCartney.
In 2000, the Rainbow Warrior returned to Sydney Harbour to assist commemorate the Inexperienced Olympics, an thought impressed by Greenpeace to make sure commitments to inexperienced deeds throughout the Video games – together with vitality and water conservation, and safety of the pure atmosphere by initiatives together with a solar-powered group for athletes to sleep and eat.
Australia welcomed the Rainbow Warrior again to Sydney Harbour in 2005, throughout its local weather tour in opposition to coal, the place the crew onboard peacefully disrupted the loading of coal on this planet’s largest coal port and demanded a swap to renewable vitality.
Ten years later, the Rainbow Warrior set sail in the direction of one of many seventh wonders of the pure world throughout its six-week Save the Reef marketing campaign.
The ship traveled up the east coast to boost consciousness for the safety of the Nice Barrier Reef, and was concerned in a number of peaceable actions to protest in opposition to the transportation and utilization of soiled fossil gas, coal.
The tour additionally coincided with the thirtieth anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by the French authorities on the tenth of July 1985.
The final time the Rainbow Warrior visited Australian waters was again in 2018, throughout its Making Oil Historical past tour, to attract consideration to the threats posed by harmful oil drilling within the Nice Australian Bight.
The Warrior was stationed in Sydney for a day to fulfill with supporters, earlier than departing on a voyage alongside the East Coast to Melbourne, South Australia, and Western Australia, the place it helped launch quite a few stories and carried out vital scientific analysis to doc the unsung great thing about the Bight.
By 2021, fossil gas giants BP, Chevron, and Equinor, had all introduced they are going to be abandoning their plans for offshore drilling within the Bight – a historic win for individuals and the planet.