Rainbow Warriors choose Naples to end their environmental tour
On 23 October, ‘ Rainbow Warrior III’ ended its tour in protest of the use of polluting and exhaustible energy sources like fossil fuels. Greenpeace’s purpose- built campaigning ship weighed anchor at the port of Mergellina for 24 hours at the same time that the EU council was discussing the 2030 package on climate and energy. While in Naples, the ‘ Rainbow Warriors’ asked the EU to promote renewable energy sources ( solar panels and wind power) not only to reduce environmental damage but also to exploit the prospects of economic development linked to them. Funds for the construction of the Rainbow Warrior, which cost £ 25m to build, were donated by supporters. The ship boasts a 55m mast system which carries 1260sq. m, of sails, a diesel engine and an electric engine, it has a crew of 30 sailors captained by American Greenpeace activist Peter Willcox.