“One day… there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.”
This is how the Rainbow prophecy begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.
The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth. It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the “Warriors of the Rainbow”.
“One day…there would come a time…” this message is frighteningly becoming a reality and that “time” is coming faster than we dare to think.
How befitting is it then that the mighty Greenpeace sailing vessel “Rainbow Warrior” is named after these mythical folk and Greenpeace exists to be a voice for our fragile Earth, to help find environmental solutions, implement change and take action.
I was fortunate to experience a tour of this iconic ship yesterday during it’s brief visit to Phuket en route to Krabi where it will protest the new coal-fired power plant that is planned to be built there.
Rainbow Warrior III, is a sailing vessel with 54m high masts and 5 sails, it can reach speeds of up to 17 knots under sail. It is staffed by a small crew of 17, who are committed to non violent creative action, paving the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and who are not frightened to confront the systems that threaten our environment. Funded completely by independent donations, Greenpeace does not accept funding from corporations or governments as it travels the globe defending actions and raising awareness to help protect our planet Earth.
The stories and history of Greenpeace are amazing and inspiring. They have a clear vision and purpose alongside dedicated and passionate staff. With 26 independent national / regional organisations, they work directly with communities to protect the environment. They are represented in in over 55 countries globally, and have an office in Bangkok as part of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
For further information check out –www.greenpeace.org