BULELENG, Indonesia – Indonesian fishing boats joined a campaign ship belonging to environmental organization Greenpeace on Tuesday for a protest against coal-fired power plants.
The Rainbow Warrior was in Bali as part of a tour of Southeast Asia, as witnessed by an epa photojournalist.
“Bali will only survive and thrive as a tourist destination if it has clean, sustainable energy, not the polluting emissions of a coal plant like Celukan Bawang,” said Didit Haryo, climate and energy campaigner of Greenpeace Indonesia.
Dozens of fishing boats accompanied the Rainbow Warrior during a protest condemning plans to expand and up the capacity of a nearby power plant, Greenpeace said in a statement.
The Celukan Bawang plant had already brought pollution and health problems to the local area, the NGO added.
“End coal, go renewable,” read a banner the activists sailed.
The famous Greenpeace vessel has been in Bali since Friday.