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Leaked documents prove current climate offers are crap by Chuck Baclagon
December 17, 2009, 6:56 pm
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With the Copenhagen talks going nowhere fast, a leaked document (pdf) has caused some excitement here in the Greenpeace office and throughout the campaigning fraternity here in the Danish capital. Actually, that’s probably an understatement, and Greenpeace ED Kumi is calling this “the single most important piece of paper in the world today”.

What’s worth such claims? The document, dated this Tuesday 15 December, is a UN memo analysing the pledges made by developed nations and some others in the run-up to Copenhagen. From this information they’ve calculated that if that’s all that comes out of the deal tomorrow, we’re on track for global temperatures rises of around 3C.

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Kumi reflects on Copenhagen from the Rainbow Warrior by Chuck Baclagon

Our Executive Director and chair of the tcktcktck campaign, Kumi Naidoo, writes from the Rainbow Warrior II in Copenhagen. Kumi is pictured above (second from the left) with the ship's captain and crew.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Sitting in the Rainbow Warrior, which is presently anchored in Copenhagen, I am pleased to mark my first month with Greenpeace. I can think of no better place to do it, on board a ship that is synonymous with hope. I feel pleased, proud and privileged to be spending the night onboard with the crew, and earlier this evening I also met and talked with some 150 dedicated Greenpeace volunteers camped a few metres away from the ‘Warrior’. Tomorrow, I look forward to spending the night with the crew of the Arctic Sunrise, also docked in Copenhagen.

It is a refreshing break from pacing the halls of the Bella Center, an all-too-brief respite and opportunity for reflection.

We are all here to bear witness to the momentous events unfolding at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. The summit has thrown me into the middle of the biggest challenge we face, it has thrown me into a maelstrom: the struggle to avert catastrophic climate change. A baptism of fire, but also an incredible opportunity for me to meet so many more Greenpeace people, all of you doing what you do best.

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Rainbow Warriors – past, present and future by Chuck Baclagon
SV Rainbow Warrior in full sail between Majuro and Ebeye in the Marshall Islands.

SV Rainbow Warrior in full sail between Majuro and Ebeye in the Marshall Islands.

From Making Waves

We are excited about the creation of a new Greenpeace ship – the Rainbow Warrior III. Having just signed a contract for the build of this state-of-the-art vessel – three crew members from the Rainbow Warrior I and II take us back in time briefly – as we look forward to seeing this legend continue.

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The answer my friend is blowing in the wind by Chuck Baclagon
July 7, 2008, 6:05 am
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Although this song reminds me of dreamy hippies, here in Southern Thailand it is reality.

The Rainbow Warrior has arrived in Thailand and was greeted by traditional Thai dancers. My heart beat faster when the ship came into port. I still think it is such an amazing sight and a symbol of hope. Slowly it made its way into the berth (actually slowly because we figured out when low tide came, that the berth is not deep enough and the Rainbow Warrior is sitting in the mud, rather than floating.)

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This is not yet the end… by Chuck Baclagon
June 25, 2008, 6:07 am
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We all felt hopeful by the time the Rainbow Warrior has faded down into the horizon off to continue the struggle for a greener and peaceful future that’s free from coal.

Looking back we cannot help but feel hope at the prospect of freedom from coal. Two days before the Philippine Independence Day we lit the night sky of the Jaro Cathedral grounds in Iloilo to manifest our aspirations as beacons of hope and it is with the departure of the Rainbow Warrior that we are hopeful that the candle lights that illuminated that dark night sky has sparked a flame that would carry on until genuine and lasting freedom from coal is realized.

This is not yet the end…

Stay tuned for the Rainbow Warrior’s arrival in Thailand…

Chuck Baclagon


In the eye of the storm – or the effects of burning coal by Chuck Baclagon

What an end to our Quit Coal ship tour in the Philippines… After talking about the effects of Climate Change on the Philippines for several weeks, I experienced them first hand with “Frank” or internationally better known as Typhoon Fengshen. The Rainbow Warrior left just in time from the island of Boracay where we had launched the “Save the Climate, save Boracay” initiative with local resorts. Just hours later the typhoon struck the island.

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Day two at Climate Defenders Camp, Bgy Ingore, Iloilo City by Chuck Baclagon

Greenpeace yesterday established their Climate Defenders Camp at the exact site of a proposed coal-fired power plant in Barangay Ingore, Iloilo City. The camp consists of a tower and tents on a seaside area that was previously used for fish ponds but now allocated for the said coal plant. Banners with messages saying ‘Quit Coal, Save the Climate’ and ‘Coal causes Climate Change’ are hung around the camp, located a few kilometers away from the center of the city. Since yesterday, Greenpeace activists who are staying in the camp have been transmitting messages and images of the protest to a global audience and seek support to stop the proposed coal-fired power plant. The activists are joined by local volunteers, representatives from RISE (Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy), and crew from the organization’s flagship Rainbow Warrior, currently in the Philippines for its ‘Quit Coal – Save the Climate’ ship tour. The Rainbow Warrior is anchored near the Climate Defenders Camp, providing support to Greenpeace volunteers on the ground.
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