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Historic Ship Rainbow Warrior to Sail Throughout Indonesia


Rainbow Warrior III ship belonging to Greenpeace at Benoa Harbour, Denpasar, Bali (31/5). TEMPO/Johannes P. Christo

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Rainbow Warrior a historic ship of Greenpeace organization which will sail throughout Indonesia as a vehicle for environmental campaigns. Rainbow Warrior often sailed to remote areas to directly see the environmental issues in the region and immediately act against its destruction.

Since its first visit in Indonesia in 2013, Rainbow Warrior will be sailing in the archipelago beginning this week until May 2018. The visit themed Jelajah Harmoni Nusantara will be the longest tour of Rainbow Warrior ship.

Its first destination is Papua to witness the natural beauty of Papua forest. The ship will also see the underwater life of Raja Ampat as the best tourist destination.

After leaving Papua, Rainbow Warrior plans to head Bali. Looking at the rich culture which holds local wisdom, and its beliefs that the best source of energy comes from nature.

The last destination is Jakarta. As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta has many issues including pollution and waste. The Rainbow Warriors ship aims to help Jakarta to be a more comfortable and eco-friendly city. “The main point of this tour is to create harmony in protecting Indonesian environment,” Greenpeace stated in a press release received by Tempo on Saturday, March 10.

The name Rainbow Warrior was based on the Prophecy of native American tribe Cree in North America, “When the earth being sick and dying, there will come a day when people from all over the world rising up as the Rainbow Warrior.”

The Rainbow Warrior ship that will sail to Indonesia is the third-generation ship. The first generation was destroyed. In 1985, a French secret agent planted two bombs and drowned the Rainbow Warrior and killed a crew member.

After the bombing, the Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior  ship docked at Matauri Bay, in the Cavalli Islands, New Zealand, and became alive reef that attracted marine life and recreational divers. The second ship was made shortly after and sailed for 22 years which then in 2011 replaced with the third generation Rainbow Warrior. Like its predecessor, this ship carries out the mission of a green and peaceful future campaign.


From: TEMPO.CO (INDONESIA) Monday March 12, 2018

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