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Greenpeace ship arrives in Wick tomorrow for latest campaign


By David G Scott

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A Greenpeace ship will arrive in Wick tomorrow (Tuesday, July 20), as the campaigning group embarks on the second leg of its Just Transition Tour.

Greenpeace is calling on the Scottish Government to take action to deliver a just transition for oil and gas workers, or risk abandoning a whole workforce, as was seen with coal miners and shipbuilders in years gone by.

View of the Rainbow Warrior with full sails in the Pacific Ocean. The Greenpeace ship was in the Clarion Clipperton Zone in the Pacific to bear witness to the deep sea mining industry. Part of the ongoing 'Protect the Oceans' campaign. Picture: Greenpeace
View of the Rainbow Warrior with full sails in the Pacific Ocean. The Greenpeace ship was in the Clarion Clipperton Zone in the Pacific to bear witness to the deep sea mining industry. Part of the ongoing 'Protect the Oceans' campaign. Picture: Greenpeace

Mel Evans, head of Greenpeace UK’s oil campaign, said: “We stand in solidarity with oil and gas workers, who are currently being ignored by the Scottish Government and by Westminster.

“Offshore workers have powered our economy through some really difficult times, and have plenty of transferable skills that will be vital to our transition to renewable energy.

“Politicians must sit down with offshore workers and take urgent action to make the funds, retraining opportunities and jobs available to make Scotland’s clean energy transition a success.”

Green Party MSP for the Highlands and Islands Ariane Burgess in front of a wind turbine blade which was placed in Inverness Eastgate to campaign for a just transition for oil workers to renewable energy.
Green Party MSP for the Highlands and Islands Ariane Burgess in front of a wind turbine blade which was placed in Inverness Eastgate to campaign for a just transition for oil workers to renewable energy.

Earlier this month, environmentalists visited Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee with a 42ft wind turbine blade and invited politicians, oil workers and members of the public to #SignTheBlade in support of a just transition for oil workers.

The turbine blade has already amassed hundreds of signatures, including MSPs Ariane Burgess, Mercedes Villalba and Joe FitzPatrick and MP Chris Law.

The arrival of the 190ft yacht in Wick marks the beginning of the next part of the tour, where campaigners will head out to Beatrice wind farm to explore the challenges and opportunities for workers associated with the energy transition.

The ship will arrive tomorrow (Tuesday, July 20) and complete two day-trips to Beatrice wind farm – weather permitting – before setting sail for Aberdeen on Thursday evening.


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