To call "Captain" Paul Watson an environmental extremist would be a gross understatement. Paul Watson was a founder of Greenpeace, but was booted out in the '70s -- for being too extreme!
"Captain" Paul Watson proudly claims to be the inventor of "tree spiking", a technique designed to maim loggers. He's also served on the board of the Sierra Club, commonly thought of as a more "mainstream" environmental organization.
"Captain" Paul Watson calls himself "captain" because of his command of a fleet of pirate ships that ply the rolling main, intent on harassing and disrupting commercial fishing fleets, and in particular, the Japanese whaling fleet. Harassing, as in intentionally ramming vessels on the high seas with the intent of sinking them.
The reaction of Paul Watson, the controversial leader of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to the destruction of the crown jewel in his tiny anti-whaling fleet on Wednesday was swift. But Watson also managed to get a plug in for his reality TV show, "Whale Wars."
Early Wednesday the Ady Gil, a $2.5 million carbon-fiber trimaran that his organization has been using to harass the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, was abandoned to sink after it was sheared in half by a collision (see video just below) with a much larger, steel-hulled boat running security for the Japanese fleet.
These wackos are actively supported by Hollywood celebrities, such as Richard Dean Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, James Cromwell, Rutger Hauer and Martin Sheen (surprise!), but perhaps none more significantly than former host of the "Price Is Right" daytime game show Bob Barker. Barker's recent $5 million contribution to the society was rewarded by the naming of a ship, a converted Norwegian whaling vessel, in his "honor".
So, who is this "Captain" Watson, and what does he believe? Let's let him speak for himself:
Does humanity have a future?
We are presently living in what conservation biologists refer to as the Holocene extinction event. This is the sixth global mass extinction event in last 439 million years.
The previous five extinction events wiped out between 50 to 95 percent of species each time. The most recent event was 65 million years ago at the end of the Jurassic period, a cataclysmic occurrence that exterminated the dinosaurs, the dominant group of species at of that period.
...In a way, the Holocenic extinction event could also be called the "Holocenic hominid collective suicide event."
After all, we Homo sapiens are the last survivors of the hominid line, a group that has been on its way out for some time. The beetle family, for example, has some 700,000 species by comparison. Odds are many of the beetle species will survive the event, whereas we will not.
But the reality is that what is happening now is the result of the collective actions of us hominids. We are the ruthlessly territorial primates whose numbers have soared far beyond the level of global carrying capacity for the deadly behavioural characteristics that we display.
... Primitive hominids were well-organized, efficient, slaughter crews. As they advanced, the mammoth, sabre-toothed cats, cave bears, giant sloths, camels, horses, and wholly [sic] rhinos fell to their stone weapons and deliberately set fires. The extinction of all of these great mega-species is directly attributable to "primitive" human hunters. The hunting down of the mega-fauna was followed by the advent of agriculture and the domestication of selected animals. Domesticated cows, goats, sheep, and pigs grew in numbers and denuded large areas of grasslands. Irrigation systems began to toxify land. Then agriculture was followed by industrial activities, and finally, by the burning off of vast amounts of fossil fuels. ...
The planet's ecosystem is a collective living organism and operates very much like the human body. Water is the blood of the earth. It provides the same function in the body as it does for the earth. Water transports nutrients to the land and transports waste to the sea or more specifically the estuaries and salt marshes that function as the liver for the earth, cleansing the water of the toxins. Water circulates through the ecosystem from the sea into the clouds falling back onto the land and returning to the sea again. It is pumped by the energy of the sun, the heart of the earth. It's a continuous cyclic movement of nutrient bearing, waste removing action that keeps the land fertile.
...Humans are presently acting upon this body in the same manner as an invasive virus with the result that we are eroding the ecological immune system.
A virus kills its host and that is exactly what we are doing with our planet's life support system. We are killing our host the planet Earth.
I was once severely criticized for describing human beings as being the "AIDS of the Earth." I make no apologies for that statement. Our viral like behaviour can be terminal both to the present biosphere and ourselves. We are both the pathogen and the vector. But we also have the capability of being the anti-virus if only we can recognize the symptoms and address the disease with effective measures of control.
Had enough? Read on, this is where Capt. Paul gets really whacky:
We should not be living in human communities that enclose tiny preserved ecosystems within them. Human communities should be maintained in small population enclaves within linked wilderness ecosystems. No human community should be larger than 20,000 people and separated from other communities by wilderness areas. Communication systems can link the communities.
In other words, people should be placed in parks within ecosystems instead of parks placed in human communities. We need vast areas of the planet where humans do not live at all and where other species are free to evolve without human interference.
We need to radically and intelligently reduce human populations to fewer than one billion. ...
We need to stop burning fossil fuels and utilize only wind, water, and solar power with all generation of power coming from individual or small community units like windmills, waterwheels, and solar panels.
Who should have children? Those who are responsible and completely dedicated to the responsibility which is actually a very small percentage of humans. ...
Curing a body of cancer requires radical and invasive therapy, and therefore, curing the biosphere of the human virus will also require a radical and invasive approach
It won't be easy but then it's better than the alternative.
I recommend you read the whole thing to see a picture of a man's descent into insanity. Quoting can't do it justice.
This guy makes Pol Pot look like the President of your local Kiwanis Club.
So, Bob Barker, I'm on board with the whole "spay and neuter your pets" thing, but how's about a public statement in endorsement of the wild extremist beliefs and terrorist actions of this kook?