Words of Wisdom from Captain Watson

The following quotes from Captain Paul Watson are from a recent interview on the Sea Shepherd website:

“The world would not be in the situation it is in now if not for the kind of anti-nature, anti-activist mentality of pretty much half the population. It seems that half the population of society is awake and the other half believes in angels, magic underwear, and Wal-mart.”

“overall the media in general cannot be expected to report factually on much anymore. This last week, one of the biggest stories is the controversy over topless pictures of Kate Middleton. Not a single question has been asked to the U.S. Presidential candidates on climate change, the dying oceans, species extinction or any other ecological issue. It is like if your house was burning and the firemen were still in the station discussing baseball scores and the media was reporting that the woman in the house next to you was sun bathing in the nude.”

“We humans are killing our oceans, we are diminishing bio-diversity, we are over heating the planet, we are pouring poisons into the sea and air. I cannot accept that meekly and I know with absolute certainty that if we kill the oceans, we kill ourselves. If the oceans die, we die and the oceans are dying in our time. My greatest fear is that people simply accept that fact.”

“In a comfortable environment where everything is safe and convenient, great things are not accomplished. It is from within an environment of controversy, uncertainty, and challenge that great things can be accomplished.”

This quote is from Captain Watson’s foreword in my book, Exposing the Big Game:

“Hunters are guilty of crimes against nature, against future generations and against humanity because diminishment leads to collapse and to extinction and we forget that we as animals, as primate hominids, will commit collective suicide if we continue with our barbaric traditions and behavior in the face of a global ecological collapse.”

from the back cover of Jethro Tull’s “Stormwatch” album

7 thoughts on “Words of Wisdom from Captain Watson

  1. Captain Paul Watson, one of the true heros of our beleaguered times. Willing always to speak the awful truth and courageous enough to try and do something about it!

  2. I admire Paul Watson and he is so right, so sadly right. It is incredible to me that so relatively few people seem to even be concerned, much less roused to action, by the ecological destruction being enabled and committed in the name of money. It makes me feel frantic….

  3. Jim, as I was packing my books in preparation for the movers coming on Monday, I realized that your book Exposing the Big Game, is one of a stack by my bedside. I love books and keep buying even though I have that stack that keeps growing. I have promised myself to finish it by year’s end!

    His comment on hunters and their crimes again nature say it all doesn’t it?

  4. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game and commented:

    “We humans are killing our oceans, we are diminishing bio-diversity, we are over heating the planet, we are pouring poisons into the sea and air. I cannot accept that meekly and I know with absolute certainty that if we kill the oceans, we kill ourselves. If the oceans die, we die and the oceans are dying in our time. My greatest fear is that people simply accept that fact.”

  5. What would the planet do with such eco-heroes as Capt. Watson. And, he does not compromise. He stands firm, he is a True Earth Hero.
    If anyone has chance to view a very good presentation (it is from Smithsonian, and I saw it on their channel yesterday–I believe its called the “Sixth Mass Extinction.” I was impressed with how dire it was, particularly since Smithsonian is not exactly a radical entity. The evidence is in: Our species is causing massive changes on the planet, with at least 40% of the planet used up by humans, already, with no plans to stop endless growth.
    It briefly mentions population (that another 3 billion will be coming soon), but does not get into it. However, it does emphasize that wildlife and their ecosystems are going down fast. By the end of this century (this could be a conservative figure, I think) the Age of Mammals will be doomed.
    It mentions something which I have thought a lot about: that we who care, try to save as much remaining natural ecosystems & their wild animals/plants as we can, setting aside these places with corridors for the wildlife to travel, and possibly migrate, as planetary systems get sicker. This is why human activities like public lands grazing need to be stopped, so these lands can be free for wild animals. Of course, human population should have been addressed long ago, but is still is largely ignored, to the detriment of all other life, and to Homo sapiens’ shame.
    As one scientist said “in other extinctions, animals had time and room to go to other places if they were able…now they cannot, because of humans, their cities, highways…wildlife traveling to get to another ecosystem, might find themselves trying to go through a Los Angeles.” This is not an exact quote, but pretty close.
    The other fact brought home was: this human-caused extinction is happening much quicker, and in 200 years (again perhaps a conservative figure), 75% of mammals will be extinct, and the amphibians will be gone sooner, and oceans devoid of life.
    What does this mean for those humans who talk of “survival” or of “future generations of humans”? Why does someone like Naomi Kline (who already has one offspring) feel so compelled to breed another child, trying fertility treatments? What kind of “survival” for humans would there be, especially in a world overrun with their kind, and the Natural World,& most other life, devastated?
    Truly, Paul Watson is right. We are insane.

    http://www.foranimals.org

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