Running on Empty: Rex Weyler (#109)
Rex Weyler has lived the life dreamed of by those who want to make a difference. As a young man he joined early Greenpeace expeditions to document and stop commercial whaling. He went on to co-found Greenpeace International, and as a journalist has covered the subject of ecology extensively.
The human machine is just steamrolling…toward disaster.”
I’m not concerned that my children will consume less stuff and have to live lifestyles more like my grandparents. I’m more concerned that my children will have to live in chaos because we were stupid and we tried to drive right past all these limits….”
In this newly released 2010 interview, Weyler shares his observations of “what can happen as a civilization grows out of control.” Technology, economics, consumption, population and politics are all in his cross-hairs. Weyler does express some hope for the future, as well, and outlines changes needed to bring human civilization back to living within ecological limits.
What I’m working toward in my life and in my community is that we make these changes intelligently, peacefully, within our communities.”
More About Rex Weyler
Journalist Rex Weyler is best known as an early Greenpeace organizer and a co-founder of Greenpeace International. He has written several books, including Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists and Visionaries Changed the World. His history of indigenous American cultures, Blood of the Land, was nominated for a Pulitzer.
Between 1974 and 1982, he served as a director of Greenpeace. He was editor of the Greenpeace Chronicles magazine. He sailed on the first Greenpeace whale campaign, and his photographs and news accounts of Greenpeace appeared worldwide.
Weyler’s photography and essays have been published in the New York Times, Oceans, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, New Age Journal, Conscious Choice, New Times, Shared Vision, National Geographic, and other publications. Weyler co-authored the self-help classic Chop Wood, Carry Water. He co-founded Hollyhock Educational Centre on Cortes Island in British Columbia – dedicated to environmental, personal, and professional studies.
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Portrait: Jerry Rothwell
Weyler and activists stopping forest destruction: Photo courtesy of Greenpeace
Returning home to Vancouver from 1975 whaling campaign: Rex Weyler (arms raised) and Bob Hunter and Greenpeace crew. Photo courtesy of Greenpeace