I was recently made aware of an article, by my colleague and Speak Up for Blue Ocean Leader Arlo Hemphill (Wildlife Advocate and Science Communicator), of a climate change advocate Tim DeChristopher who decided to protest the leasing of forested Federal Land in Utah, U.S.A. (that was going to be leased to oil and gas companies) by bidding on several leasing bids totalling $1.7 million USD. He won the bids, but didn’t have the money to pay, so he was arrested. He was recently found guilty.
His punishement was so severe it prompted me to contact Arlo and dicuss Advocacy and how far people are willing to go to protect their Oceans. In the discussion, we dicuss the impact different groups have on protecting our environment. We discuss groups such as the Sea Shepard Conservation Society and their efforts to stop Whaling in the South Pacific Ocean; Greenpeace and their intimidation factor on businesses that are now willing to work with other environmental groups such as Conservation International, the Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. We discuss more throughout our chat and come to a very significant conclusion.
Watch the 1st of 5 part video of our discussion (The audio version and podcast is coming soon once I figure out how to create a podcast on iTunes).