On board of Greenpeace

Luisa Massarani

Luisa Massarani
Latin America regional coordinator, SciDev.Net

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior (as the ship is called) became the stage for the indigenous group Xavante, from the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, to highlight an unfulfilled promise made 20 years ago, at the first Earth Summit.

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior

Due to international pressure, the Xavante were to have their land returned to them from an Italian company, but until today they still don’t have their land.

Even though visitors were not allowed on this day, I was warmly welcomed aboard. The boat —with 1,200 meter squares of sails — has been specially built for Greenpeace to include everything you need for a campaign anywhere in the world. In the case of Brazil, it is about two main campaigns: ‘Deforestation Zero’, which, as the name suggests, aims to reduce the deforestation in Brazil, and ‘Solar Energy’.

For those who can have a romantic image of a traditional sailing ship, forget it. It is much more like a Hollywood movie, I mean, a very high-tech ship, with room for radio masts, antennas, and domes that provide Internet and satellite communications allowing for video broadcasts from remote locations and tweet from any ocean.

This blog post is part of our coverage of Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. To read news and analysis on Science at Rio+20 please visit our website.


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