Greenpeace’s iconic new eco-ship, the Rainbow Warrior, has arrived in San Francisco for its first visit to the Bay Area. It sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, then raised two banners saying “Free the climate defenders” and “#FreeTheArctic30” in support of the crew’s colleagues,currently imprisoned in Russia for taking part in a peaceful protest against arctic oil drilling. The ship started its 2013 West Coast Tour in Vancouver, Canada, stopping in Seattle and Portland en route.
In San Francisco, the Rainbow Warrior will be highlighting two keys issues:
- Crew members of the ship will be holding a 30 hour vigil in support of their colleagues, the Arctic 30, currently imprisoned in Russia for taking part in a peaceful protest against arctic oil drilling.
- Public tours of the ship will include information on how palm oil, used in U.S. products such as cookies and cosmetics, is having devastating effect on the last remaining Sumatran tigers.
The current Rainbow Warrior is the newest addition to the Greenpeace fleet and the first ship to be built specifically for the organization using a creative crowd-sourcing website which allowed supporters to “sponsor” individual parts of the ship, starting with just a $1 bolt. It features some of the most environmentally friendly sailing technology available and 13,500 square feet of sail on two 180 ft. “A Frame” masts.
Featured events including public tours of the ship (all free):
- Nov 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th – Ship open to the public 10am-5pm. Family friendly activities on both Sundays 10am-noon.
- Nov 11th – “The Art of Resistance” exhibition featuring over 70 social justice art activists, live silk screening and graffiti. 12.30pm-5pm. Evening panel event by invitation only.
- Nov 14th – “Postcards from Climate Change” short films screening. 8pm. RSVP here.
- Nov 15th – “Portugal. The Man” in concert. Doors 8pm. RSVP here.