Send Solar New Year Greeting

E-mail sent via sunrays on tap for dawn of New Year’s morning

(Everything 2000) How about sending an e-mail New Year's greeting to a friend this year without needing to dial up your modem. In fact, there’s no electricity needed, just the light from the sun of the first dawn of 2000

Greenpeace is sailing a solar-paneled boat toward the Antipodes Islands where the first sunrise of the year will take place. As soon as the sun comes up the rays will hit the boats solar panels and the computer on board will be able to send e-mail greetings around the world. Each e-mail greeting will include a personal message and a picture of the first sunrise of the Year 2000 taken by a member of Greenpeace.

The project is called "Deliver a New Dawn" and is the group’s way of showing the use of alternative power sources-sun, wind and waves. The messages will be signal of a greener planet because they will be powered by the first sunlight of the millennium said Andrea van de Graaf with Greenpeace.

On December 22 the solar and sail powered SV Tiama will sail from Auckland, New Zealand toward the Antipodes Islands in an effort to make it to the area by New Year’s Eve. When the light of the New Year shines then all the messages stored in the Greenpeace computer will be activated by the sunrays and delivered around the world.

All you have to do to sign up for the solar e-mail is log on to the Greenpeace web site. There’s a short form to fill out which you write your greeting and the recipients e-mail address. That’s all you have to do. You will be able to watch the boat’s journey on the web site as well and can receive updated e-mails on boat’s progress if you would like. For your personal solar-powered New Year greeting check out

DATE: 12/13/99

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