May 9, 2005

Canada's first eco-warrior loses final battle

TORONTO, ONT-Bob Hunter, environmental journalist and a founder of Greenpeace, passed away on May 2 a long fight against prostate cancer. He was 63. Born in 1941 in Manitoba, Bob changed an entire generation's thinking about the earth and the responsibility we share for preserving the natural environment. As one of the co-founders of Greenpeace in 1971, Bob became Canada's first eco-warrior, campaigning first against Canada's annual seal hunt and later, internationally, against nuclear testing and the dumping of toxic wastes in the world's oceans. Time Magazine once declared him one of the eco-heroes of the twentieth century. In 1973, he became the first-ever president of Greenpeace, leading the group through its transformation from a handful of environmental activist into an international organization with a presence in 40 countries and more than 2.5 million members world wide. For the last 15 years, he was the resident ecology specialist with CityPulse TV in Toronto.

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