So if you weren't aware, the seas which sustain life on the planet are in shitty shape. Man made pollution abounds and marine life continues to be under threat and rapidly diminishing at a rate of knots (dad joke!) from human activity. According to the United Nations World Ocean Assessment, '...no part of the ocean has today completely escaped the impact of human pressures, including the most remote areas.' Catching up on the state of the seas is bleak reading, but fortunately good and passionate people are fighting the good fight to protect our marine life so your kids might have an Earth worth inheriting. One of these organisations is Sea Sheppard.
Founded in 1977 after founder Captain Paul Watson parted ways with Greenpeace, for 40 years the Sea Sheppard fleet has tirelessly used direct action to stop sealing, whaling and illegal fishing around the globe. With vessels crewed by passionate volunteers, supported world wide by onshore chapters who organise fundraising events, educate the public and conduct things such as beach cleanups.
When I was hanging with UK metal-core legends Architects earlier this year in the fine city of Melbourne, the bros invited me to come along for a guided tour of Sea Shepherd's ship the Steve Irwin. A band with a social conscience, Architects have long promoted the eco-pirate outfit, and using their pull and platform to promote Sea Shepherd's work stopping whaling and protecting all marine life from the senseless pillaging.
We headed out to Williamstown for a guided tour of the ship, which consisted of a blast of a ride on an inflatable and a vegan lunch, we got time to sit and talk about some crazy stories of their activism. I was super into their tales of high seas environmental action, and really wanted to share a bit about what they do, so I commandeered Lex and Adam from Sea Shepherd and had a quick chat with them about their work.
It was a super uplifting day, and despite the rough state of the oceans, it's heartening to know there is a real resistance fighting to make a difference.
If you're interested in supporting Sea Shepherd you can check them out at http://www.seashepherd.org/, catch them on the socials Facebook, Twitter or instagram.