The Taitu is a crowdfunded Greenpeace ship. Taitu is a verb meaning “to hinder, impede, deter, and thwart an enemy”. Continuing a long Greenpeace tradition, Russel Norman and the crew of the Taitu are putting their bodies on the line, by taking to the seas to confront the largest seismic blasting (oil exploration) ship in the world:
Russel Norman-led Greenpeace activists under investigation for disrupting oil exploration ship
Four Greenpeace activists, including former Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, are now under Government investigation after they hurled themselves into the path of an oil exploration ship.
Norman, who is now Greenpeace’s New Zealand executive director, was among the group who entered the sea, about 50 nautical miles (92kms) off the Wairarapa coast on Monday, forcing the Amazon Warrior to halt operations and deviate off course.
The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) has labelled the move a “stupid media stunt”.
[Norman] “I mean, it’s all pretty simple. This is about climate change, and letting them know that we can’t go on like this.” …
Here’s a salute (from the safety of my comfortable keyboard) – thank you Russel Norman and crew for taking to the seas to fight this little battle in the most important struggle of our age.
— MV Taitu (@gp_taitu) April 9, 2017
— Greenpeace NZ (@GreenpeaceNZ) April 8, 2017
— MV Taitu (@gp_taitu) April 10, 2017
— Sophie Schroder (@sophiedelaluna) April 9, 2017