VANCOUVER, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada will play a special role in the
40th anniversary celebrations of Greenpeace, the world's largest,
independent environmental organization.
Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo will receive a
"Greenpeace Day" proclamation from the City of Vancouver tomorrow when
the organization marks its official birthday. And next month, two
Canadians will be featured in the launch of the world's first
purpose-built environmental campaigning vessel, the Rainbow Warrior
"Countless communities around the world owe a debt of gratitude to our
early rainbow warriors, to their vision, tenacity and inspiration,"
said Naidoo. "Their inspiration became a global organization dedicated
to protecting and preserving our environment and to proving how a small
group of people can change the world. Today we invite people everywhere
to join us in working for a green and peaceful future."
One of the ship's first crew will be Greenpeace fundraiser and activist
Seychelle Cloutier-Collard. The Montreal-based Cloutier-Collard shares
her birthday with the organization and is one of nine "New Hands on
Deck" who celebrate the diversity, vitality and vision of the
organization after 40 years of campaigning.
The "Godmother" of the new ship is Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of
the Lubicon Cree First Nation and a climate and energy campaigner at
Greenpeace based in Edmonton. She will have the honour of christening
the new Rainbow Warrior III - named after a Cree legend - when it
launches on October 14th from its shipyard in Bremen, Germany. Laboucan-Massimo will break a
bottle of White Bear Wine from B.C.'s Okanagan Valley on the ship's
hull in recognition of one of the organization's most important
The conservation agreement to protect B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest is
featured in the first of a series of international public service
announcements released today by Greenpeace. The historic agreement to
protect the world's largest intact coastal temperate rainforest in 2007
is highlighted as a model of cooperation for industry, government,
First Nations and environmentalists.
Greenpeace's first campaign began with a crew of 12 sailing to Amchitka,
Alaska intent on shutting down U.S. underground nuclear tests there.
Although a bomb was still detonated, the daring trip sparked global
condemnation and nuclear testing ended shortly thereafter. The island
was later declared a bird sanctuary.
Last year, Greenpeace released a two-disc CD set commemorating the 1970
concert fundraiser that financed the voyage to Amchitka. Featuring Joni
Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs, the re-mastered live concert
recording captures iconic hits from the fabled musicians and rare
On Saturday, the public is invited to a day of song and activities at
the Rainbow Warrior Festival at Vancouver's Jericho Beach. The festival
will feature campaign workshops, banner painting, Zodiac rides, climb
training, a photo exhibit, musical acts and special guest speakers.
It's an opportunity for the whole family to spend a day outdoors and
learn about environmental activism.
Greenpeace promotes science-based solutions for the planet with the
support of 2.9 million supporters worldwide. With offices in 41
countries and over 1,200 staff, Greenpeace is the largest, most
recognizable organization ever founded in Vancouver.
Event details and information on Greenpeace's anniversary are available
For further information:
and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Brian Blomme, Communications Coordinator, (416) 930-9055