It was calm seas on board Greenpeace’s flagship, the MY Rainbow Warrior, as we hosted a gathering of friends from the environmental movement in Port Melbourne in November. The below excerpt is from a speech given by the Executive Officer of the Reichstein Foundation and member of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, John Spierings, on the night. Greenpeace is grateful to John for agreeing to share his remarks about courage, hope and using your power, in the true spirit of the Warrior.
This week, waves of community activism and civil disobedience are sweeping across the world’s most polluting fossil fuel projects. Tens of thousands of people determined to rid their future from the floods, heat waves, droughts, cyclones and other extreme weather events, that are fuelled by fossil fuels, will stand face to face with the giant ships, excavators, smokestacks and institutions that threaten their future and say enough is enough - it’s time to Break Free from fossil fuels.