Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: Ala Paredes, Blogs, Rainbow Warrior
The Bacolod and Iloilo leg of the Philippine leg of the Asia Energy Revolution was a blast as Ala Paredes joined the crew onboard the Rainbow Warrior. Saving the planet is as much fun as saying “barnacles” ala-Mr. Crabs of Spongebob Squarepants fame. We’re fortunate to have a glimpse of Ala’s story in a blogumentary she wrote while sailing onboard the ship. It’s an excellent account of her six days as a volunteer. We won’t give you all the details, of course but we’ve published some extracts below. Still, we highly recommend you read through her blog: Ala has the gift of making you live her experience through her writing.
From evocative descriptions:
“We set sail on the midnight of November 15, being dragged by a tugboat out to open sea amidst the spangle of city lights reflected on the waters of Manila Bay. A full moon shone high overhead the ship’s mast, casting its ethereal glow upon the Warrior’s glinting helm. Sailing on a luminous ocean, we watched as the riot of colorful city lights grew to small specks in the distance. As we sailed further out, the stars grew in number as the sky turned a deeper shade of midnight blue. Silent, dignified barges, and a melancholy, old, broken watchtower played witness to our departure. As the wind whipped through my hair, I sat on the deck in silence and contentment, trying to make the dream last.”
To tongue-in-cheek musings:
“It’s day one on the Rainbow Warrior. I woke up in my bunk this morning, turned over on my side, and suddenly felt all my innards jump. Whew! Thank God I’m not seasick, though.”
As a parting gift, Ala made a great photo collage of the crew in what she calls the “Peace Out!” pose. The collage says it all. All about Ala’s sail, that is, and her stint with Greenpeace onboard the Rainbow Warrior. We’re hopeful we’ll enjoy Ala’s intellect, humor and heart even more in the near future as the energy campaign, and other Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigns, progress. Individual initiatives, like her generous contribution as a volunteer, are central to Greenpeace’s goal of forcing solutions essential to a green and peaceful future. Thank you Ala!
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