Inspirational Greenpeace co-founder to give lecture Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 September 2007 00:00

Inspirational Greenpeace co-founder to give lecture

by Tricia Walters, Royal Gazette, 30 Sep 2007

Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and a co-founder of Greenpeace, will be a guest speaker at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) next month.

He has delivered more than 800 lectures worldwide on the birth of the environmental movement, the importance of direct action, the media culture society of today and environmental law.

However, Capt. Watson is better known as master and commander of close to 200 Sea Shepherd voyages, enforcing laws to protect the earth's marine wildlife and wilderness habitats and is a world-renowned expert on the state of the oceans.

A seasoned Coast Guard officer and specialist in media communications, he is a pioneer in the modern-day environmental movement and is uniquely qualified to speak on its origins, history, and future.

Local writer and filmmaker Andrew Stevenson had heard Capt. Watson speak in Telluride, Colorado last year and said his talk was the most inspirational he had ever heard.

"He had a profound effect on me. He will undoubtedly leave you moved too by his determination to conserve the world's marine environment," Mr. Stevenson said.

The October 23 lecture begins at 7 p.m. and all revenue will go towards the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The Society was established in 1977 as an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation with the mission to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

The Society has received a considerable amount of media attention since its inception as it resorts to innovative, direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.

By safeguarding the biodiversity of the planet's delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure its survival for future generations.

Capt. Watson has been hailed the world's most aggressive, most determined, most active and most effective defender of wildlife. However, he has also been called a "maverick activist" because of his thorough knowledge of the uses of media, his great personal courage, and an intrinsic understanding of environmental strategy.

His deep convictions about the preservation of the earth and its species are matched by an equally strong belief that personal convictions mean nothing unless one acts on them.

As a professor of ecology, Capt. Watson has also taught college courses at UCLA and Pasadena Art Centre College on the History of Environmental Activism and has created one of the first accredited courses on deep ecology ever presented.

His unique presentation includes dramatic video of his daring exploits, from the genesis of Greenpeace to the current-day high seas campaigns of Sea Shepherd, followed by a question-and-answer period.

According to the press, Capt. Watson "inspires action through example, educates through experience, and leaves the audience with a profound understanding of their own power and their ability to make a difference in the world".

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