Last Thursday the International Section had the incredible honor of welcoming Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and anti-whaling activist to Mignet.
After a long wait in the cold (no doubt to simulate conditions on board Paul’s ships when they go hunting for illegal whalers in the Antarctic Ocean !), Paul Watson finally arrived.
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On hand were a group of intrepid students holding the Sea Shepherd’s Jolly Roger and cheering.
- greeting the pirate
He then hurried up to a packed cinema room to explain his views about why we need to fight for our oceans. « I’m not here for people, I’m here for the whales, » he told a captive audience.
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For over an hour he told stories about his adventures and his life-long combat to save the world’s largest and most intelligent mammals.
« We believe in non-violent aggression. Like the Dalai Lama, who told me, sometimes you need to frighten the life out of people so they can see the light. »
Some people have called him a pirate, but he told us he’s proud to be pirate if it helps save the oceans. « My clients are the whales and I’ve never heard them complain ! »
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After talking to us, Paul asked for questions from the audience and one student asked what students here at Mignet could do to help the planet. He suggested several things : most importantly, not eating meat or fish, but also, he told us, « Everyone is important, each of us can become aware and do what we can, in our own way. We should all put our talents to work to make the world a better place ! »
That’s a message we can all agree on !
- Paul Watson and Mr Ponce
Thank you to Mrs Pilou Brown, the Apelevia association and the administration for making this extraordinary visit possible !