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Hunter, Robert

Canadian environmental activist (b. Oct. 13, 1941, St. Boniface, Man.-d. May 2, 2005, Toronto, Ont.), served as president (1973-77) of Greenpeace, the international organization devoted to preserving the environment. He worked as a journalist with the Vancouver Sun newspaper before becoming actively involved in protests against U.S. nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. He cofounded Greenpeace in 1971 and as president steered the organization toward high-profile media-driven campaigns against whale and seal hunting, as well as toxic-waste dumping in the oceans. Hunter later returned to journalism, reporting on television and in print on environmental issues.

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