The Whaling Season: An Inside Account of the Struggle to Stop Commercial Whaling

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<p>Despite a decades-long international moratorium on commercial whaling, one fleet has continued to hunt and kill whales in the waters surrounding Antarctica. Refusing to let this defiance go unchallenged, the environmental organization Greenpeace began dispatching expeditions to the region in an effort to intercept the whalers and use nonviolent means to stop their lethal practice.<p>Over the past decade, Kieran Mulvaney led four such expeditions as a campaigner and coordinator. In The Whaling Season, he recounts those voyages in ...
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The Whaling Season: An Inside Account Of The Struggle To Stop Commercial Whaling

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<p>Despite a decades-long international moratorium on commercial whaling, one fleet has continued to hunt and kill whales in the waters surrounding Antarctica. Refusing to let this defiance go unchallenged, the environmental organization Greenpeace began dispatching expeditions to the region in an effort to intercept the whalers and use nonviolent means to stop their lethal practice.<p>Over the past decade, Kieran Mulvaney led four such expeditions as a campaigner and coordinator. In The Whaling Season, he recounts those voyages in all their drama, disappointments, strain, and elation, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the hazards and triumphs of life as an environmental activist on the high seas. The author also explores the larger struggles underlying the expeditions, drawing on the history of commercial whaling and Antarctic exploration, the development of Greenpeace, and broader scientific and political efforts to conserve marine life. He presents a rich portrait of the current struggles and makes an impassioned plea for protection of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures.<p>For armchair adventurers, polar enthusiasts, and anyone concerned about marine conservation and continued hunting of the world’s whales, The Whaling Season is an engrossing and informative tale of adventure set in one of the Earth’s last great wilderness areas.<br>
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Publishers Weekly
Science and environmental writer Mulvaney offers a passionate, stirring account of his involvement in Greenpeace's campaign to end commercial whaling, taking readers through the history of whaling and of the environmental organization itself (which was founded in 1971), and offering an explanation of what's being done to nonviolently stop whalers' lethal practices. Mulvaney has participated in numerous Greenpeace-led expeditions to the waters surrounding Antarctica in an effort to intercept whalers and stop them from killing endangered whales. It's an inspiring story, told honestly and in a non-preachy style. After many frustrations, Mulvaney finally comes to realize that "at the heart of the conflict there is, I suspect, a fundamental cultural dichotomy... a profound contrast in beliefs over how humanity should relate to the natural environment." His important book deserves attention from anyone who cares about the fate of the ocean's greatest creatures. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Mulvaney (At the Ends of the Earth) went on several Antarctic expeditions with Greenpeace to stop a group of whalers who were breaching an international moratorium on commercial whaling. In this behind-the-scenes account, the whalers may be viewed as the "villains," but the people of Greenpeace are not necessarily heroes, for Mulvaney reveals that their attempts to block Antarctic whaling were only partially successful. Indeed, he notes that the efforts were more effective in generating publicity than in stopping the whaling. He also describes work by the International Whaling Commission and points out some of the weaknesses in a group that really has no authority to enforce its recommendations. This readable insider's account is recommended for larger environmental collections in conjunction with more straightforward narratives of Greenpeace's activities, e.g., Jim Bohlen's Making Waves: The Origins and Future of Greenpeace and Michael Brown and John May's The Greenpeace Story (Maps, illustrations, and index not seen.)-Jean E. Crampon, Univ. of Southern California Lib., Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559639781
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Antarctic, December 2001
 
Chapter 1. Beginnings
Chapter 2. South from Singapore
Chapter 3. Life and Death at the End of the Earth
Chapter 4. Cat-and-Mouse Among the Icebergs
Chapter 5. Contact
Chapter 6. A Brief History of the Mismanagement of Whaling
Chapter 7. Chronicle of a Voyage from Hell
Chapter 8. "Great God! This Is an Awful Place ...."
Chapter 9. Sanctuary
Chapter 10. A Place Called Paradise
Chapter 11. Red-Handed
Chapter 12. Vote Buying, Canny Proposals, and Fish-Eating Whales
Chapter 13. One Last Roll of the Dice Epilogue
 
Appendix A. Cast of Characters
Appendix B. Chronology
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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