'Ecohuntress' brings call for environmental advocacy to PHCC's Peace Week
She has participated in seagoing campaigns against whaling ships, worked as an environmental reporter on MTV Canada and written a book about young people who work and fight to save the environment. And at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Emily Hunter — also known as the Ecohuntress — will be a featured speaker at Pasco-Hernando Community College's Peace Week celebration. Her topic will be "Igniting the Next Eco-Warrior Spirit."
"It's not just about protesting anymore," said Hunter, who lives in Toronto. "The Internet and social media allow us to interact and plan global days of activism. And I encourage young activists to bring their talents, their creativity and spark, whether it's in the form of writing, art, science, whatever their talent."
PHCC will host Peace Week events at all four campuses next week, with lectures, drum circles, musical performances and other events designed to encourage tolerance and understanding.
Peace isn't just the absence of war, event organizers say. It's "a constantly changing and fragile ideology that can be threatened if people are not given the opportunity to express themselves and connect with one another."
And sometimes you have to fight for peace.
Hunter, the 28-year-old daughter of Greenpeace founders Bobbi and Robert Hunter, said her mother was the first woman to stand between a whale and a harpoon. Following in her footsteps at age 19, Hunter joined the organization Sea Shepherd, an environmental group known for its aggressive but nonlethal tactics such as ramming whaling ships, in waging an anti-whaling campaign in the Galapagos Islands.
"Sea Shepherd is a radical conservation organization that believes in civil disobedience," she said. "But the group has never hurt or killed anyone, and it stands against whaling, an illegal activity."
It was partly through her work with Sea Shepherd, an organization that boasts a large youth membership, that Hunter saw the important role for young people in the environmental movement.
"They realize that the problems plaguing our environment will not just affect their children and grandchildren," she said. "It's affecting them, in their lifetime."
Hunter has found her own ways to reach out to young people, including a stint as an environmental reporter on MTV Canada, where she reported about the Tar Sands project and its effect on climate change, and the publication of her book The Next Eco-Warriors, which profiles young people making a difference in the fight to save the environment. And as Canadian coordinator of the group 350.Org, she coordinated Global Days of Action (environmentally based work days) across the country.
She has also recently worked with the organization DeforestACTION to protest the destruction of the Borneo Rain Forest.
"Through channeling our own unique abilities and ideas," she said, "young people can make a point."
Learn more about Emily Hunter at http://ecohuntress.wordpress.com/.
© 2014 Tampa Bay Times
Special event: Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and other Buddhist monks will create an elaborate and sacred mandala artwork, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Spring Hill campus (B-lobby). The mandala's ritual dismantling is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday.
Peace Week at PHCC
Pasco-Hernando Community College's annual Peace Week events next week will include speakers, musical performances and exhibits. Events will be held on all four campuses, including daily outdoor festivals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring drum circles, music, tie-dying and more. Full details are available at phcc.edu/peace. Among the week's highlights:
• Opening ceremony at 7 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (cafe patio), featuring a musical performance by Lorri Hafer, best known as the lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers, the group that recorded I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (the Coca-Cola Song)
• Charles Ransom will discuss No Labels, a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents dedicated to more effective government, at 11 a.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151) and 4 p.m. at the Dade City campus (A-240).
• Paul Mayer will discuss "Sustainability: Managing Nonrenewable Resources in the Interest of Peace and Social Justice," at noon at the Brooksville campus (B-104/105) and 3:30 p.m. at the Spring Hill campus (conference center).
• Panel discussion on tolerance, featuring Steven Isalaco, David Kastner, Larry Poller and Mike Sadusky, 12:30 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151).
• "My Husband Karen — A Transgender Journey," lecture by Linda and Karen Schrader, 3:30 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151) and 7:15 p.m. at the Brooksville campus (B-104/105).
• Environmental advocate Emily Hunter will talk about "Igniting the Next Eco-Warrior Spirit!" at 9:30 a.m. at the Brooksville campus (B-104/105) and 2 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151).
• A live stream of Bill McKibbin, environmental journalist and founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, will be broadcast at 3:30 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151).
• "My Husband Karen — A Transgender Journey," lecture by Linda and Karen Schrader, 5:30 p.m. at the Spring Hill campus (conference center).
• Larry Poller will discuss "The Power of Words" at 11 a.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151).
• "My Husband Karen — A Transgender Journey," lecture by Linda and Karen Schrader, 11 a.m. at the Dade City campus (A-240).
• "Explorations of Peace," lecture by Provost Stanley Giannet at the Brooksville campus (B-104/105).
• Scott Appleby will discuss "The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation" at 12:40 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151) and at 3:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Campus. Appleby, professor of history at The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will examine the roots of religious violence and the potential of religious peacebuilding.
• Community symposium on bullying, 6 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus (R-151).