The Bob Brown Foundation’s Young Environmentalist of the Year – Peter Hammarstedt

The Bob Brown Foundation’s 2014 Young Environmentalist of the Year, and $2000 prize money, was awarded to Peter Hammarstedt, captain of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker.

“Peter Hammarstedt's maturity and courage under extreme duress from the Japanese whale-killers belie his age of 30,” said Bob Brown.

“The cool determination of this protégé of Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson in placing his ship Bob Barker between an aggressive Japanese whaling factory ship and a South Korean tanker in Antarctic waters two summers ago is legendary in the annals of global wildlife protection.

“That heroic manoeuvre was crucial to saving the lives of hundreds of whales but was only part of Peter's years of commitment to protecting Earth's oceanic commons.”