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By Emily Hunter

People tell me the “green fad” is dead. It’s no longer the hot news story in the media, after the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. For some, it might seem that our revolution was short lived.

My generation’s eco-battle began with Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth that awakened us all to our own self-made thermageddon and ended at the UN summit that sealed a suicidal century with politicizing the climate.

Well, they’re wrong. The movement may be struggling to get airtime, but it’s not dead. Every day I hear of stories of heroism, victories and the continued struggles of individuals around the world who are sparking meaningful change for this planet, its inhabitants and us.

Just last week, Sea Shepherd, an organization I fought on the frontlines with to help save whales in the Antarctic ocean realized its decade-old dream – they shut down Japan’s whaling fleet.

After years of battle, what has been dubbed the “Whale War,” the Japanese whaling fleet ending their whaling season early after clashes with the Sea Shepherd activists. They may have killed an estimated 80 -100 whales this season, but the whalers were far from their goal of a thousand that usually include endangered species.

Nearly a year after the Copenhagen debacle, 350.org organized the most widespread day of action across the globe. As world leaders fell asleep at the helm, more than 7,000 rallies were held in 188 countries on Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10).

People from all walks of life got to work on climate change by installing solar panels, weatherizing homes and planting trees. In Bangladesh, citizens demonstrated knee deep in the flood-waters that are affecting hundreds of thousands of people. In South Africa, a local business installed solar panels on the roof of an orphanage.

In the United States, there were over 2,000 rallies with events in all 50 states. As for Canada, there was an event in every province and territory, from the northern reaches of the Arctic to isolated islands.

If that’s not impressive enough for you, try this number on for size: 1.3 billion – that’s the number of people that participated in the last Earth Hour. Imagine: that’s over one-sixth the earth’s population that is a part of this movement.

This year’s Earth Hour is expected to have even more join in the revolution on March 26th.

So I will repeat again, the movement is not dead. We’re just getting started!

– Emily Hunter, Eco-Warrior


Join the Revolution: Emily’s new book “The Next Eco-Warriors,” tells these stories and more on today’s growing environmental movement.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!


My entry into the history of the environmental movement came at a key time in its evolution. The Don’t Make a Wave Committee of Vancouver B.C., had sailed a ship “The Greenpeace” to Amchitka Island near a fault line on the Aleutian Chain in an attempt to stop nuclear testing.

This brave act resonated globally with incredible success.

I was there with the fledgling group to open their first office on Fourth Avenue in Vancouver.

I met; fell in love with and soon married Bob Hunter, the first President and Father of the current day Greenpeace International.

I became the Treasurer of Greenpeace and the first woman to place my body in front of a harpoon to save a whale.

There were many acts of heroism stemming from our small group, one act that still resonates is the image of Bob and Paul Watson (now founder and Captain of Sea Shepherd) standing in front of icebreakers to save the Seals.

At that time, in the early 70s, we were a small band of eager idealists and intellectuals, yet we spun images, of heroism that have effected all the forthcoming generations of environmental crusaders.

Robert, Emily, & Bobbi Hunter

Robert, Emily, & Bobbi Hunter

We used non-violent means to create what Bob called “mind bombs” in the media that changed environmental consciousness of the western hemisphere.

Now, today, I look at the diversity of people and groups of activists, and I am proud that my daughter has this same spirit raging in her soul. I am proud of her brave actions. We don’t have Bob to turn to any longer, but, his passion carries on.

Bob always wondered if he had made a difference. I know he has, because of his inspirational actions and books he has helped mould many of the Eco-Heroes of today, whether they know it or not.

Today I am involved in many legacy projects such as advising on a documentary, a park and a biography, helping to continue to spread our message.

While there is more knowledge and resources available today, there are more battles and more urgency than ever. For the Planet, never give up!

– Bobbi Hunter, Eco-Activist

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, consumption and everyday actions have consequences. Share your story of making the eco-conscious switch in your choices by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

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