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Rainbow Warrior docks in PV

The Rainbow Warrior, the flagship of the environmental organization Greenpeace, will be docked in Puerto Vallarta from Saturday, January 11 through Tuesday, January 14 and will be welcoming aboard visitors.

The ship is currently on a tour of Mexico’s Pacific Coast in a bid to raise public awareness on the urgency of building a more sustainable future.

Earlier this week the Rainbow Warrior stopped in Mazatlan and will sail to Acapulco after leaving Puerto Vallarta.

Next month the ship will visit the Maya Riviera and Veracruz on the Atlantic coast.

In a press statement released by Greenpeace Mexico, executive director Femke Bartels invited Mexicans to “become warriors of the rainbow” and “make this country green and inclusive.”

Bartels also criticized the Mexican government for its “bad decisions” in environmental policy and demanded further legislation to halt the ongoing contamination of rivers in Mexico.

He suggested Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto should “leave aside” the country’s dependency on oil and invest in alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal.

The Rainbow Warrior – a former British trawler – supported several Greenpeace protest initiatives against seal hunting, whaling and nuclear weapons testing during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was sunk in a New Zealand harbor by operatives of the French intelligence services in July 1985, killing one of the activists.

The name of Rainbow Warrior is inspired by a prophecy of the North American Indians, according to which there will come a time when the birds fall, the forest animals die, the sea blackens, and then men of all races and peoples join as rainbow warriors to fight against the destruction of the earth.


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