Greenpeace vessel docks in Tacloban with ‘climate justice’ message

Sharon Evite, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2018 12:39 AM | Updated as of Oct 19 2018 07:37 AM

TACLOBAN—Greenpeace's "Rainbow Warrior" vessel docked in this city recently with a mission to draw attention to Yolanda survivors' stories and their call for climate justice.

From afar, the ship looks nondescript, but there's more than meets the eye.

The boat sails in the name of climate justice and liability as it visits areas that have experienced the brunt of climate-change, such as Tacloban, a city hit hard by supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.

The ship, designed to be one of the greenest in use, runs primarily on wind power.

Rainbow Warrior also takes pride in having a female captain; some of its crew members are also women who are passionate climate activists.

Among the crew members is Ingrid Skjoldvaer, 24, of Norway.

"We are holding (the Norwegian) government accountable and we’re saying that, by allowing a new (oil) drilling in the Arctic, they are violating my and future generations to a safe environment," she said.

American Kelsey Juliana is among those who a filed constitutional climate lawsuit against the US government.

"We’re not only saying that climate change is real because we are experts. We’re saying that climate change is real because we’ve experienced it and we have the data, the scientists and the government to back us up," she said.

In the Philippines, a petition was filed at the Commission on Human Rights to investigate 47 companies regarding human-rights violations resulting from climate change.

"Ang hustisya po ay hindi hinihintay, sinisingil. At 'yun ang ginagawa natin, naniningil po tayo ng hustisya sa mga dapat managot," said Greenpeace Philippines country director Amalie Obusan.

Joanna Sustento lost her parents, brother and some in-laws to Yolanda. She is now among the international climate-justice champions.

"I asked myself how can I share, how can I contribute kun waray ko kwarta, waray ko pammilya, waray ko balay. Everything was taken away by that storm except for our stories," she said.

The Rainbow Warrior's tour in the Philippines is part of its 5-month "climate changes and people power" tour in Southeast Asia.