Paul Watson on Sea Shepherd's Life-or-Death Direct Action /55

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Today’s powerful conversation revolves around the state of the oceans, the threats to the world’s marine wildlife, the tactic of aggressive non-violence, the political dynamics at play, the tensions between indigenous hunters and conservationists, and the psychological barriers to sane co-existence. Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservationist and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977 Watson left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson has served as master and commander on seven different Sea Shepherd ships since 1978 and continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns. Alongside his crew, he has starred in seven seasons of Animal Planet’s series “Whale Wars.” Among many honors, he was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002 and he was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.

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