The flags of Greenpeace ships are flying half mast today, December 4th 2021, out of respect for our friend Dave Roberts.
He passed away this morning, in Aberystwyth (Wales), surrounded by the love of his family. He was 70 years old.
Dave worked more than three decades for Greenpeace, he truly defined what ship’s NVDAs are about, he was a master of his trade and finally retired in 2017.
A Warrior of the Rainbow, a story teller, a friend. If you ever met him, you would certainly remember him.
If you never met him, here is Dave in his own words:
David Roberts was born in a pub in the middle of a prehistoric stone circle in England. At 16 he ran away to sea eventually becoming a mate playing the seven seas.
In 1982 in response to belatedly awakening environmental concerns and frustration with the then apathy David joined Greenpeace. Using his merchant navy skills he started as a mate on their ships (the most famous being the Rainbow Warrior) gradually employed his other practical and organisational skills and evolved towards direct action planning.
For 35 years David was involved in over 250 direct actions and was active in most campaign areas. During this period he was arrested 39 times in 13 countries, including 3 times for spying. He was tear-gassed, bombed, shot at with real and rubber bullets, had a Scud missile fired at him, trapped in a mine field, a stun grenade dropped on his head, irradiated, covered in toxic shit and trapped inside an upturned boat. Oh, and there was the time he almost died at sea in a helicopter crash.
Dave was also a driving force behind this blog.
What a life Dave, thanks for everything.