Less than two months after resigning from the Sea Shepherd in dramatic fashion, Pete Bethune has announced the founding of a new group called the Earthrace Conservation Organization or E.C.O. According to a live unveiling last night on UStream, the new org will focus not only on whaling but wider marine issues, from overfishing to habitat destruction and pollution.
“We’ll be taking action all over the world, wherever we see environmentally damaging activities taking place,” Bethune said. “I’m not setting up in competition with any other groups – it’s not as though there’s a shortage of bad things happening. My goal is to see Earthrace Conservation work both independently, and alongside existing organisations wherever and whenever they’d like our help.”
According to a release, while no vessels are currently in possession for the organization, land based campaigns are currently being planned — including accompanying supporting volunteers to go to the Faroe Islands during the summer of 2011 to address the grindadráp which occurs annually; in hopes to eliminate the needless slaughter of pilot whales.
A board of directors for the new org will be announced shortly.