Rainbow Warrior-6

Colours of the Rainbow

Over the past couple of days Brisbane has hosted the Rainbow Warrior.

Promoting Greenpeace’s “Save the Reef” campaign the vessel was berthed at our Cruise Terminal on the Brisbane River, and for a short while was open for public viewing.

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You may be wondering why its necessary for Greenpeace to run a campaign in 2013, aimed at saving the Great Barrier Reef.

I can only say that over the past few years our State and Federal politicians have ‘entertained’ us with their antics, so much so that serious issues such as the health of the Barrier Reef hardly get a look in.  It takes an outsider with a high profile such as Greenpeace to put these issues back on the agenda.

Why in 2013 ….. well you won’t be surprised to know, its election year.   Make enough noise and the pollies may just get the message.

PS.  “In 2012, the UN World Heritage Committee sent a delegation to Australia to investigate threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Its report was scathing, noting that the unprecedented scale of development in the World Heritage Area poses serious concerns over its long-term conservation”. Greenpeace

For more on the Greenpeace campaign Save the Reef.

16 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Colours”

  1. Tina Schell

    We stayed at Lizard Island and visited the reef several years ago. It was magnificent and is a memory I hold very dear. I sincerely hope we don’t manage to mess it up!!! Well done.

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    • Paul Dean

      Thank you Tina. I’m glad you enjoyed the reef, it is a magic place and something we cannot afford to become complacent about.

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  2. Sas

    I would love to see that boat, thanks for reminding us all of an important cause 🙂

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    • Paul Dean

      The boats statistics are impressive but the one thing that really stood out for me was how clean and tidy everything was and no rust to be seen anywhere. ‘Shipshape’ I think is the word. Well worth a visit if you get the chance. Thanks for stopping by Sas.

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  3. mrscarmichael

    goodness me the blowing up of Rainbow Warrior caused me such headaches in the past with visas to france and French colonies. I had my own Midnight express moment in Tahiti because of their antipathy towards Kiwis.
    I didnt know it still existed so thanks for that 🙂

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    • Paul Dean

      I guess people the world over will recall the frightening events of 1985 when they hear the name Rainbow Warrior. This is the third vessel to carry the name and is a real hi-tech piece of machinery. Thank for stopping by Mrs Carmichael and hopefully your visa issues with the French are a thing of the past.

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  4. lagottocattleya

    Thank you for showing and reminding us of this important issue. I remember well the shock from what happened to Rainbow Warrier. I was still young and supported (still support!) Green Peace – not in my fantasy I could see this happen. I hope we can save this great reef for the future – It must not be too late.

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    • Paul Dean

      Hi Ann-Christine,
      The Barrier Reef is a complex structure and keeping it pristine is a complex issue but one thing is clear, its our Governments responsibility not to fall asleep at the helm and stuff it up. So good on the folks at Green Peace for applying some serious international pressure.

      Reply

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