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ENTERTAINMENT & THE ENVIRONMENT: CELEBRITIES JOIN GREENPEACE TO KICK OFF 'KEEP IT COOL' CAMPAIGN

 ENTERTAINMENT & THE ENVIRONMENT: CELEBRITIES JOIN GREENPEACE
 TO KICK OFF 'KEEP IT COOL' CAMPAIGN
 'Rainbow Warrior' in First L.A. Visit Feb. 1
 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In 20 years of no-compromise activism, Greenpeace has spread its message of protecting the planet for future generations throughout the world. Now the world's largest environmental organization is setting sail for Los Angeles to enlist new eco-warriors from a community with an unrivaled power to spread messages: the entertainment industry.
 On Saturday, Feb. 1, Greenpeace's storied Rainbow Warrior flagship -- making its first visit ever to Los Angeles -- will host an invitation-only educational and fundraising event for celebrities and their families at the Princess Cruise Line docks in San Pedro. The event -- "Let's Keep It Cool: Ozone Depletion, Global Warming and the Fate of the Earth" -- will launch


Greenpeace's 1992 priority campaign: the fight for atmospheric protection.
 Celebrities from the worlds of film, theater and music will be attending to learn about the threats that ozone depletion and global warming pose to every form of life on the planet. In pavilions corresponding to the four ancient elemental forces -- Earth, Air, Fire and Water -- custom-built models of ecosystems from steamy rainforests to the frozen Antarctic will show how the ozone and global warming crises impact the entire spectrum of environmental concerns.
 Said William Shatner of "Star Trek," who has been associated with Greenpeace for more than a decade: "Now more than ever, Greenpeace's message is one of urgency. We need to educate and enlist the children of the '90s to be the environmental warriors of the future. This isn't just another celebrity charity event -- this is about the kind of world our children will live in."
 The Rainbow Warrior, one of nine ships in Greenpeace's global fleet of action vessels, will also be open to the public for free tours on Monday, Feb. 3. The 183-foot converted fishing trawler is the successor to the original Warrior, blown up in 1985 by French agents trying to stop Greenpeace's campaign against nuclear testing.
 Greenpeace, founded in 1971 by a small group of activists who sailed a tiny boat into the North Pacific to bear witness against U.S. nuclear testing, now counts more than 5 million supporters, with offices in 26 nations. Its campaigns have achieved numerous environmental victories through legislation and treaty -- most recently a 50-year ban on Antarctic development -- and has received awards and recognition from the United Nations and other international bodies.
 The Rainbow Warrior is in the midst of an extended tour of the Pacific Rim, which has already taken it from Japan to Russia, across the Bering Sea to Alaska, then down the West Coast. During its four-month tour of Alaska, its crew conducted a series of non-violent direct actions against the oil interests that dominate the state, helping halt proposals for drilling in the Arctic wilderness.
 Following its stay in Los Angeles, the Rainbow Warrior continues south to San Diego, where it will be in port Feb. 5-9 to campaign against the continued killing of dolphins by the U.S. tuna fleet. A highlight of the Warrior's 1992 tour will be a voyage in June to Rio de Janeiro for a landmark United Nations conference on the environment and development.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Walker of Greenpeace, 213-287-2210; or Barbara Hutson or Bobbi Cowan of Laister Dickson & Associates, 213-655-4140, for Greenpeace/ CO: Greenpeace ST: California IN: SU:


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