Eco-Shrimper: Diane Wilson
When shrimp boat captain Diane Wilson found out chemical companies were dumping five million gallons of toxins every day into the bays around her hometown, she began a one woman environmental battle.
It was a battle that started with a simple town meeting on the issue and led to hunger strikes, death threats and the eventual sinking of her own 42-foot boat on top of underwater discharge pipes.
Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we hear all about her new book: Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas.
This Week's Guests:
Diane Wilson Shrimp Boat Captain, Calhoun County, Texas|
Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, began fishing the bays off the coast of East Texas at the age of eight and by 24 she was a boat captain. In 1989, while was running her brother's fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the number one toxic polluter in the country.
Her work on behalf of the people and aquatic life of Seadrift, Texas has won her a number of awards including: National Fisherman Magazine Award, Mother Jones’s Hell Raiser of the Month, CodePink Woman of the Year, Louis Gibbs’ Environmental Lifetime Award, Louisiana Environmental Action (LEAN) Environmental Award, Giraffe Project, Jenifer Altman Award, and the Bioneers Award.
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