Paul Watson is the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – an organisation dedicated to research, investigation and enforcement of laws, treaties, resolutions and regulations established to protect marine wildlife worldwide. He has been the subject of an Interpol Red Notice and has been an inspiration to many through his direct action to save marine life all over the world.
At the age of ten he realised that his life’s purpose was to protect animals and has been doing just that for 60 years. As an adult, for years he worked on freighters and deep sea vessels, and it was because of this, as well as his participation in a demonstration against nuclear testing on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians that he and several others created Greenpeace.
Over the years, Paul Watson has exhibited a remarkable diversity in his activism
- Co-founder of Greenpeace in 1972 and Greenpeace International, 1979
- Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, 1977
- Field Correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife, 1976 to 1980
- Field representative for the Fund for Animals between 1978 to1981
- Representative for the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, 1979
- Co-founder of Friends of the Wolf, 1984
- Co-founder Earthforce Environmental Society, 1977.
- Director, National Board of the Sierra Club USA, 2003 to present
Watson majored in communications and linguistics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He has lectured extensively at universities around the world and was a professor of Ecology at Pasadena College of Design from 1990 to 1994. He was also an instructor in UCLA’s Honours Program in 1998 and 1999. He has been a registered speaker with the Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau of Boston, and regularly gives presentations at colleges and universities in the United States and at special events throughout world.
In 2000, Watson was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century.