Our Captain, Daniel Rizotti, was arrested by Israeli police. The officers, arriving on a military ship and carrying machine guns, came on board and demanded that he sail back to Ashdod, the port we had left that morning. So, still waiting for the release of our activists, we sailed back.
The protest marked the launch of our “Quit Coal: Save the Climate” tour through the Mediterranean and Europe. Israel is only the beginning of our journey; we’re visiting 11 countries en route to Poland, where crucial UN climate negotiations continue this December.
Why “Quit Coal”?
Because, when it comes to climate change, coal is by far the worst offender. Yet governments seem to be missing the message, approving plans for hundreds of new coal-fired plants. If they don’t wake up to the urgent need to stop this, then by 2030 carbon emissions coming from coal will have increased by some 60 percent. We’re here to sound the alarm.
Our action in Israel was a wake-up call to the government to abandon its plans for a new coal plant in Ashkelon. Despite thousands of Israelis voicing their opposition to this unnecessary and dirty plant, the government has approved plans anyway. But it’s not too late! Greenpeace is urging all Israelis - whether at home or abroad - to lodge a complaint.
The world must quit its addiction to coal; luckily we have the cure. Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution scenario shows how renewable energy, combined with greater energy efficiency, can cut global CO2 emissions by 50%, and deliver half the world's energy needs by 2050.
Happily, we now have our captain, activists, media team, inflatables and cameras back on board. We’ve been deported from Israel, but now we’re heading for Turkey – and the next stage of our “Quit Coal” tour.