“After years apart we brought them together again for the filming of our Mystics
(Mechanics & Mindbombs) documentary. We engineered a reunion of the early Greenpeace campaigners aboard the fishing vessel Phyllis Cormack, a durable old seineboat that was chartered in the fall of 1971 by the “Don’t Make a Wave Committee” (predecessor to Greenpeace) to sail to Alaska to protest American nuclear weapons testing. As our camera rolled in 1996 Hunter and Moore proved they’d lost neither their spark nor their enthusiasm. Here are a few choice words:
The voyage had not been planned as a “rational” act, but rather as an act of faith. We were admittedly counting on a miracle… Could we count on the I Ching to guide us to victory long after Western rationality and industrial genius had failed? If you believed we could, you were a bona fide mystic.
I’m basically a mechanic… a pragmatist… I deal with the nuts and bolts of the situation… and try to make sure people don’t do things that are beyond the realm of possibility.
“One of the original group, Patrick Moore, even went on to deny climate change and oppose much of what Greenpeace stands for.”