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Noah's Ark Returns to Mount Ararat

by Norwegian Chef Fri Jun 1st, 2007 at 01:26:21 AM EST

Greenpeace activists are up at 2,500m on Mt Ararat putting the final nails into our replica of Noah's Ark to try to send a big moral message of responsibility and urgency to act on climate change to G8 leaders at their meeting next week in Heiligendamm,Germany. They are launching today with doves flying out of the ark and reading of the 'Ararat Declaration'. They have live feeds to BBC, Reuters, AFP, Moscow, Al Jazeera etc. Should be very widespread coverage.


You can be part of the action by signing up at:
http://www.greenpeace.org/mediterran...
There is also information on the US site:
Inside the US - http://www.greenpeace.org
Outside the US - http://www.greenpeace.org/usa

The original Turkish language site is -
http://www.greenpeace.org/turkey/ene...
click on foto galerie to see hundreds of fun pics.
There's heaps more on the German site
http://www.greenpeace.de

Also yesterday's press release is below.

HERE IS THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Mountain-top protestors make a plea for G8 leaders to act on climate
change

Igdir / Hamburg, 29th May 2007: The leaders of the G8 were delivered a
vivid and passionate plea to act decisively on climate change today, as
mountaineers from Greenpeace scaled the 5,137-metre summit of Mount
Ararat in eastern Turkey, and unfurled a banner reading: "G8: this is
the point of no return. Save the climate now". The action is part of an
ambitious project which has involved the rebuilding of the legendary
Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat, with the aim of galvanising world leaders to
step up activity on tackling one of the greatest threats to the planet.

"If these leaders don't act now, we will very soon reach a point where
climate change gets out of control ", said Beate Steffens, one of the
Greenpeace climbers at the summit of Ararat "We call on G8 leaders
particularly, as they are responsible for by far most of the emissions
causing climate change. If nothing happens, mankind will face floods,
draught and natural disasters that will destroy the lives and
livelihoods of billions of people. There is still some time left to
avoid that catastrophe, but time IS running out."

Recently, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
confirmed the catastrophic impacts of global warming, and identified
what must be done to avert it. By 2020, greenhouse gas emissions in the
G8 states must be reduced by an average of 30 percent compared to 1990
levels, and 80-90% percent by the middle of the century in order to keep
global warming under 2 degrees and avert the worst effects of climate
change. Earlier this year, Greenpeace unveiled the Energy Revolution, a
blueprint for how the relevant reductions in greenhouse gases can be
achieved through a combination of investment in renewable energy sources
and reduction of needless consumption energy efficiency measures, all
achievable without harming economic growth and taking into account
population increases.

"The G8 summit in Heiligendamm must commit to radical reductions of
greenhouse gas emissions. We want to see specific and ambitious targets.
Anything else is meaningless. The US is the world's biggest culprit when
it comes to greenhouse gases worldwide. The US government refuses to
act, but this immoral attitude must change." said Andree Böhling,
Greenpeace Climate and Energy campaigner "This is the biggest threat to
human existence in the 21^st century. 35 years after the first UN world
environmental conference in Stockholm and 15 years after the conference
in Rio de Janeiro, the situation is worse than ever before. Bush, Blair,
Merkel and other G8 leaders must wake up - we will not get a second
chance. The fate of the next generation now lies in there hands. Either
they act, and act radically, now, or it may be too late for our
generation and almost certainly for our offspring."

Following the leak of documents showing the US opposition to many of the
proposals due to be put before the G8, it has become clear that the US
will not only block the way to adopting these reduction targets, but
also push nuclear to be recognized by G8 countries as a solution to
climate change. "It is immoral to use Climate change as a tool to save
the nuclear energy industry. Nuclear energy is still deadly, unnecessary
and extremely expensive. Wasteful investment in nuclear technology
simply takes us further away from investing in the real solutions of
renewable energies and energy efficiency. The interests of this lobby
and of Bush have now merged. It is another trick of Mr. Bush who has
blocked climate solutions for a decade. But even Bush will now have to
accept responsibility" said Hilal Atici from Greenpeace.

Meanwhile, Greenpeace will this week issue its "Ararat declaration",
read from a reconstruction of Noah's Ark which has been built by
craftsman on Mount Ararat. The appeal will be addressed to world
leaders, appealing to them to take radical and swift action on climate
change in order to protect the lives, homes, communities and vital
natural resources of the people they represent. In the last four weeks,
20 German and Turkish carpenters built the replica of Noah's ark on
Mount Ararat in east turkey as a warning and a symbol of hope. The ship
itself will also be handed over to the public on Thursday.

For more information, please call:

Andree Böhling at 00 49 151 18 05 33 82,

Hilal Atici, Greenpeace Turkey at 00 90 55 54 84 84 50

or Ortrun Albert, Press Officer, Greenpeace Germany on 00 49 17 18 78 11 84

Yesim Aslan at 00 90 53 23 24 32 04.

For Photo-inquiries please contact John Novis, at +31 6 53 81 91 21.

Television:

B-roll of the construction of the Ark is available from Michael Nagasaka

on +31 6 46 16 63 09.

Note: Climbers have a videophone with them, and are available for
interviews.

Footage will also be broadcasting from the site 31st May at around 1000
GMT.

Please contact Thomas Reinecke on 0049 173 608 8620 for details.

More information is available at: http://www.greenpeace.de,
http://www.greenpeace.org.tr, http://www.greenpeace.org

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Thanks for the resources, NC...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Jun 1st, 2007 at 04:52:40 AM EST


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