Captain Paul Watson–environmental hero

Captain Paul Watson–a co-founder of Greenpeace who went on to found the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977, his lifelong activism as a defender of all creatures of the sea has been recognized globally; for instance, Time magazine in 2000 named him one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century–discusses a bit of the history of Sea Shepherd and its anti-whaling campaigns primarily aimed over the years at the Japanese whaling fleet; “Whale Wars,” the new Animal Planet series focussing on the efforts of Watson and company to thwart Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic seas; how a mutual admiration society between Watson and Peter Garrett, former Midnight Oil frontman, now Australian Environmental Minister, had turned contentious over the whaling issue; how volunteering for Sea Shepherd works and the recent surge in prospective volunteers; and more. []

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