"Greenpeace Africa is the direct offshoot of a movement that began in 1971 with a group of people outraged by the US government’s intention to do nuclear testing at Amchitka, a tiny island off Alaska.
Today, that outrage is focussed on the cradle of humankind: Africa. We are actively working in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal; the countries with the most urgent environmental issues – climate change, over-fishing and the destruction of the all-important rainforests- issues that affect the entire continent"
Rainbow Warrior is the first ship that was designed for Greenpeace. It is counted as one of the most environmentally-friendly ships ever built. The first Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk at sea in 1985. The second Rainbow Warrior retired in 2011 after serving 21 years with Greenpeace. Both of these ships were regular vessels altered to meet the needs of the Greenpeace crew.
The New Rainbow Warrior is different in that it was tailor-made from scratch and was built using public donations. This third generation ship still allows the people at Greenpeace to patrol our seas and keep an eye out for any criminal activities and behaviour that's unkind to the environment. It's just a bit better than its predecessors in that it's more technologically advanced. It's a great example for green ship engineering, having been built from scratch.
For a chance to experience the Rainbow Warrior in its next stop make your way through to the Durban coast and then keep an eye on the Greenpeace website for more details on the venue and go out in numbers on the 06th of September for the free tour.
Keep our seas safe.