The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society last week unveiled the newest addition to its campaigning toolkit: a dramatic hot air balloon emblazoned with their iconic take on the skull and crossbows flag.
It may seem counterintuitive for a marine welfare conservation society to mobilise the skies as part of its campaigning, but the team behind this vessel recently stated that hot air balloons never fail to wow the people who see them, since watching a hot air balloon make its way across the skies is an awe-inspiring sight. The Sea Shepherd team hopes that as crowds of people observe the balloon making its way serenely above them, they might pay attention to the ecological message the group espouses.
Established in 1977, the Sea Shepherds have long been active against the Japanese whaling industry, they intervene against fishing and poaching in protected waters, and campaign against plastic waste in sea water, sometimes turning to controversial tactics.
With ecological matters higher on global political agendas than ever before, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is hoping to use this increased attention to gain traction for its cause. The balloon is set to tour major Australian cities over the coming months.
Whether you wish to make a statement or not, you too can enjoy the drama of a hot air balloon flight, and you can do so closer to home. We offer hot air balloon experiences over Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, and other parts of the South West of the UK.