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Rainbow Warrior joins Balinese flotilla of hope for urgent climate action


Bali , International — A flotilla of fishing boats greeted the Greenpeace flagship, SV Rainbow Warrior, as she sailed into Benoa port Bali today. The fishing boats carried banners saying ‘Save Our Seas - Save Our Corals´ and ‘Climate Action Now´ urging government representatives at the UN Climate Change Conference to step up the fight against dangerous climate change.
The flotilla is calling on people all over the world to take part in tomorrow’s Global Day of Action on climate change, which will see tens of thousands of people around the globe taking to the streets in a global call for action on climate change. The Rainbow Warrior’s crew, and Greenpeace volunteers and delegates will join the Indonesian Civil Society Organization’s Bali parade.

“We are calling upon citizens across the world to demonstrate the groundswell of global opinion demanding urgent action on climate change,” said Captain Mike Fincken of the Rainbow Warrior.

Climate change is already here and the countries suffering first and most are those with least capacity to adapt and the least historical responsibility for causing climate change. Global average temperature rise must be kept as far below 2°C, as possible, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change

“The fishermen of Bali are already suffering the consequences of climate change. Our corals are dying, which will affect our fishing - and we fear the affects of sea level rise on our communities. We demand concrete action plans, including steps to rehabilitate our community,” said Wayan Tudjana, spokesperson of the fishing community.

During her three-month voyage from India to Indonesia, the Rainbow Warrior has visited the low-lying Sunderbans, an area extremely vulnerable to sea level rise, and Sumatra, where peatland forests are being replaced by oil palm plantations, pushing up greenhouse gas emissions. The ship has confronted coal and palm oil companies, highlighting their contribution to the climate crisis.

The Rainbow Warrior is in Indonesia to demand urgent action on climate change. Greenpeace believes it is possible to keep the worst impacts of climate change such as extreme weather events, water crises and increased hunger from putting millions of people at risk. This will take a revolution in the way we use and produce energy, and a strong commitment to stop deforestation worldwide.
Contact information

Jo Kuper, Greenpeace International, +62 813 3794 9715
Chris Nusatya, Media Campaigner, Greenpeace SEA-Indonesia, +62 812 107 8050
Nur Hidayati, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace SEA, +62 812 997 2642


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