The Next Eco Warriors

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Edited by Emily Hunter (2011), Foreword by Farley Mowat

The Next Eco Warriors celebrates the next generation of eco activists—22 young men and women who are saving the planet, fighting for something better.

This compilation of first-hand accounts is edited by Emily Hunter, freelance eco-journalist and MTV News Canada’s eco-correspondent. Emily is the daughter of Robert Hunter, the co-founder and first President of Greenpeace. Robert was an instrumental member of the first environmental movement (1970s).

The book is important because it focuses on a variety of types of activism, not simply stereotypical rallies and protests. The movement, which “is as diverse as nature itself,” includes a wide variety of different personalities and strategic tactics, from performing arts, solar cycling and filmmaking, to animal defense and eco-pirating.

The first profile is of Emily herself. Following a thrilling experience with other Sea Shepherd activists, Emily says that she “knew [she] wanted to be an eco-shit-disturber till the day [she] die[s].”

Other notable stories include those by Jamie Henn (26, United States), who founded 350.org; Benjamin Potts (29, Australia), an eco-pirate who combats Japanese whaling activities, often in extreme conditions; satirical activist Whitney Black (25, United States), who spends time wearing the SurvivaBall to raise eco awareness; and filmmaker Rob Stewart (30, Canada), creator of the highly successful documentary Sharkwater.

The book is not a how-to guide. “Activism is a deeply personal journey and cannot be condensed into something so simplistic,” explains Emily. The focus, instead, is on storytelling—sharing the very personal stories of these exciting young activists.
Emily believes that anyone can be an eco-warrior. The first step is to determine the issues one is passionate about, and the next is to get out there and get started.

“The movement is here. This is our movement,” says Emily.