the MV Esperanza is docked in Halifax today and tomorrow, before heading to Norway to document the uneasy coexistence of oil platforms and ocean ecology in that area.
we had the chance to speak with Bunny McDiarmid, former deckhand on the original Rainbow Warrior vessel, and current campaigner to stop deep sea trawling, especially in the international waters off Newfoundland.
she believes that Canadians will be receptive to actions to save the non-recoverable areas of ocean biodiversity, given their experience with the cod fishery collapse in the Atlantic Ocean.
the Greenpeace experience on the Grand Banks included the opportunity to board several boats and record their by-catches, species captured that "have no commercial value". the international composition of the Greenpeace crew meant that they could interview skippers in their native language.
Greenpeace has a viable strategy to raise awareness, they cover news on the high seas in a way that no other organization attempts. they make their bias clearly known. they attempt to influence events according to the values of their organization, and often are successful at showing the crux of the matter in a clear light.