“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…