The Greenpeace to Amchitka: An Environmental Odyssey
Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication date: April 2005
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
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Greenpeace is known around the world for its activism and education surrounding environmental and biodiversity issues. With a presence in more than forty countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific, Greenpeace is undoubtedly a dominant force in the realm of environmental activism. This is the story of how Greenpeace came to be. In September 1971, a small group of activists boarded a small fishing boat in Vancouver, Canada, and headed north towards a tiny island, Amchitka, west of Alaska in the Aleutian Islands, where the U.S. government was conducting underground nuclear tests. Among the people sardined in the fishing boat were Robert Hunter and Robert Keziere. At that time, protesting against nuclear testing was not common, yet the US tests raised genuine concerns: Amchitka is not only the last refuge for a number of endangered wildlife, but is located in a geologically unstable region, one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world. The threat of a nuclear-triggered earthquake or tsunami was real. The boat, named the Greenpeace by the small group of men aboard, raced against time as it crashed through the Gulf of Alaska, braving the oncoming winter storms. Three weeks was all they had to reach Amchitka in an attempt to halt the nuclear test. Ultimately, the voyageâ¿¿beset by bad weather, interpersonal tensions, and conflicts with US officialsâ¿¿was doomed. And yet the legacy of that journey lives on. In this visceral memoir, based on a manuscript originally written over thirty years ago, Robert Hunter vividly depicts the peculiar odyssey that led to the formation of the most powerful environmental organization in the world. Features forty b&w photographs, taken during the voyage by Robert Keziere. Winner of the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness Author and Greenpeace cofounder Robert Hunter, 63, passed away in Toronto on May 2, 2005.