The Biblical Noah's Ark is making new waves—if you'd forgive the expression—but not as a refuge from the Almighty's torrential wrath. Subbing for God's faithful shipbuilder are some 20 Greenpeace volunteers from Germany and Turkey, who have already begun construction of a large-scale model of the Ark on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, where popular belief places the Ark's final resting place after flood waters receded. Its lofty goal : To raise public awareness over climate change.
"Greenpeace started to build a Noah's Ark on the Mount Ararat to point to the threat of the new climate catastrophe," Andree Bohling, the group's energy campaigner, told a press conference in Istanbul.
"Global climate change is the biggest threat to our planet since the times of Noah," he added. "We are about to face a new flood." The ship will be unveiled in a public ceremony on May 31, 2007.
Greenpeace is infamous for its bold moves, but its latest endeavor appears excessively over-the-top, even by the environmental group's standards. (No word on whether the organization is at least using reclaimed or sustainably harvested wood. Or carbon-offsetting the project, for that matter.)
Reconstructing the Ark almost reeks of self-parody—the only thing missing are the animals marching in two by two. I'm generally admiring of Greenpeace's actions, but this time, I'd like nothing better than to wrap a big-sisterly arm around its shoulder and softly coo, "Oh Greenpeace, you so crazy. Let's go get some ice cream, instead." :: AFP