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Sailors go solar for healthy ozone

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 00:51

Sept. 16 - The first solar boat parade on the 400-year-old Amsterdam canals aims to raise awareness about sustainability as the only way to survive another 400 years. Tara Cleary reports.

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Former astronaut Wubbo Ockels gets the parade underway. It's the first time solar-powered boats have cruised Amsterdam's 400-year-old canals. The event was organized to raise awareness about climate change and it's part of an Ockels initiative called "Green Canals". The former space explorer says that life on earth is protected only by a "very thin layer of blue air". SOUNDBITE: Wubbo Ockels, former Dutch astronaut and originator of "Green Canals", saying (English): "You can't play poker with this atmosphere. The best way I can, let's say, relay this message is by telling everybody that you are astronaut of spaceship Earth. Feel to be a crew member and take care of it." "Green Canals" also encourages people to grow vegetables on their roofs and to drive electric scooters.

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Sailors go solar for healthy ozone

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 00:51