Meeting the Hunter Family in 1996
By John Bessai
Sometimes you remember details about an experience long afterwards once something jars your memory.
I met Emily Hunter I thought for the first time when she gave a speech to some high school students in September 2010. Below is a video of the event:
But after she gave her speech that day I realized that I had actually met Emily over 15 years ago one sunny afternoon in the suburbs of Toronto.
I was working on a video acknowledging the 25th anniversary of GreenPeace and was over at her Father’s house with a camera crew.
I had just read Robert Hunter’s Warriors of the Rainbow which had completely inspired me. This book told the incredible story of the founding of GreenPeace in the 1970’s. And, in stunning fashion how a bunch of 20 something adventurers (like Emily today) had confronted a Soviet whaling fleet on the Pacific high seas and brought world wide attention the senseless slaughter of these super intelligent mammals who were by then endangered.
This actually led to an international moratorium which largely ended the hunt.
The interview with Robert 20 years later remains one of my most treasured memories, but also to my amazement that day I met another mammal, the Hunter family turtle who was the size of a large beaver and who wad swimming in the back yard pool! Emily rushed in just home from school to ask her Dad if she could go swimming too.
Lucky for her, I thought. Such a cool dad and even a cool turtle to swim with! I am glad Emily has continued on with the work of her parents, keeping us inspired to stay conscious about ecological imperatives. Her call to action makes me think there is hope that in future millions more turtles will be still swimming!
– John Bessai, Creative Director & Executive Producer, GreenHeroes Campaign
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