Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) Interview

Most of you know by now that the International Justice court in The Hague recently ruled in favor of Australia and New Zealand, and against Japan regarding the killing of whales under the guise of “Research.”   Bill Maher’s subsequent interview with Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was expected to be spent talking about the decision.   A few minutes were spent on that, but within the following video, they went a lot further.  No one to date has ever done such a fine, eloquent and concise job of describing the state of the oceans and the consequences of continuing to do things as we’ve been doing them.

Yes, you heard him correctly, and he’s right.  The ocean will likely be dead by 2048… and, as is our slogan, as go the oceans, so go we.  Premier leaders all agree.  As Dr. Sylvia Earle said, even if you never set eyes on the ocean, never touch a toe in those waters, they still affect you with every breath you take.

Do take this seriously, friends.  Share it far and wide.  If we don’t control ourselves, don’t put a rapid end to our polluting, Climate Change WILL take us out, and all the other amazing, wonderful beings, our fellow earthlings, will die with us, because of us.  It is not too late, but there is NO time to waste!

A Human Issue

It is often said that the killing of dolphins in Taiji and whales in Antarctic waters is a matter for the Japanese to handle.  Similarly, the Danes say that the people of the Faroe Islands must decide to stop killing pilot “whales” (which are actually large dolphins).  These may seem apt excuses, and may even seem to make sense, given a perfunctory glance.  But such boundaries and distinctions are artificial, man-made, and ultimately invalid.

This is the amazing transformation performed by whaling

Whaling turns this majestic being into this corpse, and they don't even need the meat.

The killing of dolphins and whales is not a matter of national sovereignty, any more than human rights are a state-by-state issue.  This is a HUMAN behavior; humans are doing these killings, so it is up to we humans to police ourselves, regardless of what nationality those humans may give themselves.  Wherever such slaughters may be happening, it is up to fellow humans to stop it.

Just as we oppose slavery, torture and murders put upon fellow humans, we must fight against slavery, torture and killings done by fellow humans.  Similarly, it is incumbent upon us, it is our obligation, to stop humans from polluting and destroying the oceans, no matter where they may be while doing so.

When China’s manufacturing pours toxic chemicals into the rivers that eventually dump those chemicals into the sea, we have permitted it by not stopping it.  In fact, we have endorsed it (a little at a time) by buying those products made in that filthy fashion.  We may not like having such a responsibility thrust upon us, but the plain truth is that when we do not  do everything within our power to stop it, we become culpable as well.

If someone were to set up a floating base in the middle of the Pacific, far from any nation’s boundaries, and begin pouring acid into the waters there, would we allow it?  Do we allow humans to develop or discharge nuclear weapons as we please?  There is ample precedent; we have both the right and obligation to control ourselves, our fellow humans.  Our destruction of the oceans’ waters and her inhabitants is not a national issue.  It is a human issue, and it is up to us to fight it — tooth and nail — wherever it may occur.

Need Help with Safety Equipment

For years, Protect The Ocean survived by donating our time and effort. Often this meant putting off our jobs, the way we make a living, because the events in the world were simply too important to put off. Like last summer, when Protect The Ocean figured out why BP was using Corexit instead of any of the less harmful cleanup agents. For over a month straight, JT worked on nothing but the Gulf. Even after that month, about half of his time for the rest of the summer was dedicated to stopping the use of this deadly solvent.

The SV Balance, a circumnavigation veteran.

We have a ship now, a 41’ bluewater sailboat that will be the foundation for research out in the middle of the Gulf, in the Pacific Gyre, and beyond. We’ll be working cooperatively with other organizations, sharing the information gathered, and showing the world the true condition of our precious oceans. Why a sailboat? She’ll use nearly no fuel, cost far less to operate, and not hurt whales or dolphins along the way.   If possible, we’ll equip her with an electric motor and solar panels as well.  Whenever possible, it’s important that we lead by example.

Saving the ocean is a pretty tall order. There are lots of projects, things to do, from sampling the waters for toxins, to teaching indigenous people to fish with other forms of bait instead of killing endangered freshwater dolphins. And along the way, we’ll free sea turtles that have gotten entangled in nets, help other organizations as we can, and do our best to be model environmental citizens.

We need your help. Your donations will fund the safety equipment needed, things like an EPIRB (so that if there’s an emergency in the middle of the ocean we can signal for help,) a life boat, an onboard dive compressor, a watermaker, better video equipment… the many things that go into a successful campaign for the oceans.

We’re not a big organization. We talk in terms of hundreds and thousands, not tens of millions of dollars. And we can get a lot done with a little bit of money.  Not everyone understands how important the oceans are. Far too many people are saying Somebody ought to do something. We know that we are all that “Somebody.” Please give what you can. Help us protect the ocean. By protecting the ocean, we bring life and health to ourselves.

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