Brand New Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat Carpentry Against Climate Change

Greenpeace likes to think big -- its latest publicity stunt is the recreation of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat. The idea is to focus the attention of world leaders on the need to address climate change and to prevent major catastrophes -- including floods -- in the future.


In a world with an increasing number of distractions, from Xbox to YouTube, the humble environmental activist has to look for ever more diverting means of capturing the public's attention. The activists at Greenpeace have become masters of the eye-catching publicity stunt. A few weeks ago they exhibited the carcasses of whales and dolphins in the shadow of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to protest the destruction of marine mammals by the world's fishing industry. And now they are addressing climate change -- by using carpentry.

A group of Turkish and German Greenpeace volunteers got out their hammers and nails and built a brand new model of Noah's Ark on the face of Mt. Ararat in Turkey, the historical site where the original Biblical Ark is believed to have landed.

Greenpeace unveiled the wooden ship late last week as activists urged world leaders to deal with climate change. The opening ceremony, during which activists held banners that read "Save the Climate Now," was timed to precede the G-8 meeting of the world's major industrialized nations, which is taking place in Heiligendamm, Germany from June 6-8.

"If world leaders are unwilling or unable to protect their citizens against the massive floods, droughts, food crises and mass displacements which scientists predict, their leadership becomes meaningless," said Greenpeace campaigner Hilal Atici. "It's not too late for humanity to prevent the worst natural catastrophe ever," she added.

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