Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Greenpeace – ‘Rainbow Warrior 111’
Greenpeace International is a worldwide organization whose main aim is to motivate people into adopting sustainable lifestyles that do not damage the world’s ecosystems. The Organisation is dependent upon finances derived from donations and sponsors, and upon the support of voluntary workers, both paid and unpaid. Without the cooperation of governments throughout the world, their objective of attaining their goal is unlikely to succeed. They are acutely aware of peoplepower, and to that end they have an excellent website that sets out their aspirations and achievements.
Their latest weapon on the front line is the 190 foot, 680 tonnes ‘Rainbow Warrior 111’. At a cost of 23-million euros she is an eco-friendly vessel, mainly propelled by wind and solar energy. In line with green principles she has an onboard recycling system, including biological sewage treatment. Her double 50 metre bipod masts enable her to carry 1,200 square metres of sail which can propel her at a maximum speed of 10 knots. Her modern hybrid engine which is expected to be used for approximately 20 percent of the time she is operational, can push her along at 15 knots. This remarkable vessel can accommodate 33 people and remain at sea without replenishing stores for a month at a time.
Communication is especially important in the fight against those who ill-treat the oceans and those who destroy their resources; therefore ‘Rainbow Warrior 111’ is equipped with the latest digital communication systems, enabling live coverage of events as they unfold. Her communications centre is fortified to withstand access by unfriendly boarders for up to half-an-hour, which is sufficient time for alerting the world as to what is happening.
It is my hope that the crew of ‘Rainbow Warrior 111’ will be victorious in overcoming pillagers and polluters of the oceans. May God bless them and keep them safe in their endeavours.
Text for the Day
2 Corinthians 13:14 ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.’
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