Historic Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, arrives in Long Beach

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The Arctic Sunrise is docked at Pine Avenue Pier in Rainbow Harbor and there will be multiple events on board throughout the ship’s time in Long Beach.

Greenpeace and the Arctic Sunrise are visiting Southern California to strike a blow to corporate polluters, from the companies polluting our oceans with plastic to the fossil fuel giants causing global warming,” said Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Mary Sweeters. “Greenpeace is urging Governor Jerry Brown to phase out fossil fuels and related infrastructure in the state, and to move toward 100% renewable energy. During this Pacific ship tour, we are also working to identify and name the corporations responsible for the single-use plastics that are polluting our beaches and harming our oceans, waterways, and communities.

After Long Beach, the Arctic Sunrise travels to San Francisco where the ship will host a series of activities and actions to escalate our message to Governor Brown as he prepares to convene his Global Climate Action Summit in September.

Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise has a rich history. The Russian government seized the ship and the 30 peaceful activists on board in 2013 when Greenpeace protested Arctic oil drilling by the Russian company Gazprom. The Arctic Sunrise was also the first ship to circumnavigate James Ross Island in the Antarctic. It has worked to stop Japanese whaling fleets’ attempts to pursue their so-called scientific whaling program, chased private vessels fishing illegally, navigated both the Congo and the Amazon, and performed independent assessment of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Most recently the Arctic Sunrise spent January and February doing research in Antarctica to build the case for establishing the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Southern Ocean.

Scubaverse journalists, Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown, were in Long Beach last week and were lucky enough to get a tour of the ship – so watch out for more about this and the up-coming campaign on Scubaverse.com…

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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