The Ocean Dream welcomed guest educator and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Ambassador Scott Ludlam onboard from Lautoka, Fiji to Cairns, Australia. With his prior experience as a graphic designer and anti-nuclear campaigner, Scott was Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia between 2008-2017. He first became involved in anti-nuclear activities as a graphic designer making websites, posters and leaflets for the campaign to stop uranium mining at Jabiluka. Scott first sailed with Peace Boat in 2008, during the first Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project. He also traveled with Peace Boat representatives to evacuated areas in Fukushima in 2012, seeing first-hand the irreversible consequences of the reliance on nuclear energy.
Coming back onboard with Peace Boat “feels like coming back home; it was really nice,” said Scott. During his short time onboard, Scott carried out a range of events ranging from an introduction to Australian social and environmental issues, the work of ICAN and the nuclear weapons ban treaty, climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, and the circular economy. During his event, “Ikigai and the Circular Economy”, Scott explained the importance of transitioning to sustainable energy sources, saying that “human beings belong here on this planet we call home. Our economy cannot continue growing like this forever. Enough energy hits the surface of our planet in one hour to power the global economy for a year. We have a big re-design process ahead of us, but the good news is, it is well under way.”