Posted by: viewfromtheriva | July 16, 2014

Greenpeace in Split, where’s your solar panels?


The iconic Greenpeace logo, on the Split waterfront

The iconic Greenpeace logo, on the Split waterfront

The Rainbow Warrior III sailed into Split the other day as part of an 8 day solar awareness campaign that will take the vessel and its message to Zadar, Rijeka and Pula

Visitors to the ship learned about the benefits of solar

Visitors to the ship learned about the benefits of solar

It’s always been strange to me to see so little solar here, considering we get thousands of hours of sun every year!  The main reason seems to be that the government still owns the power grid and the paperwork necessary to even get a solar water heater is so daunting, people apparently just don’t bother.

With electric rates so high here, solar would not only be a way for Croatia to go green, but for people who now spend 10% or more of their monthly salary on electricity to save a bundle.

the Rainvbow Warrror

The ship and its activists are on an international tour to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the death of photographer Fernand Pereira, who lost his life when the French foreign intelligence operatives  sank the original Rainbow Warrior in Auckland, New Zealand which was on its way to protest a planned French nuclear test.

Seeing that iconic logo on the waterfront brought back a lot of fond memories of Greenpeace–I remember them way back in late 60’s, early 70’s,  when very few folks were even talking about the environment.

Somehow me and my friends got the message and when we decided to go into business, we found and restored an old carriage house into an office with south facing walls and massive insulation and not only used recycled steel beams and some timber to build the place, but heated both floors with wood and coal and recycled all of our office paper, copier chemicals and more.  Still remember chopping all that wood!

Go Rainbow Warrior!



  1. Good for Greenpeace ! Even here in rainy London you get a grant to install solar panels, and a couple on the roof pay for almost all electricity needs. any excess goes into the grid. For Croatia a no-brainer !

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