Activism is the rent I pay for occupying space in the most beautiful and complex biosphere we know of.

I was recently interviewed for an episode of “Moving Forward” by Rob Steimetz where we discussed the reasons why I have been an activist since my youth. Click on the “Moving Forward” link above.

We discussed how I became an ocean sailor, experiences with being in war zones in Ireland and Mozambique and running from rogue elements of the Israeli Defense Force in Kathmandu after I challenged their fascist behaviour.

The main purpose of the interview is to encourage young activists to become involved in social movements, to question everything, including the movements ‘leaders’ and to discover how rewarding it can be personally.

Some of the closest friendships I have formed over the years have been on the front lines of activism.

HART demo
I made a few enemies along the way as you could imagine challenging the nations “religion” Rugby.
In the early 1980’s HART, the New Zealand anti-apartheid organisation received a letter penned by Nelson Mandela in his prison cell on Robin Island where he wrote “You shone a ray of sunshine into a very dark cell”. One of my closest friends Marx Jones was imprisoned for flying a small plane over a game of Rugby at Eden Park when he threw out flour ‘bombs’ and a banner reading “BIKO”  , the You Tube video of the action is embedded here;

I was recently interviewed on national television in New Zealand about a dangerous stand of 100 trees that were poisoned and left standing on a cliff edge adjacent to a busy shipping channel. The article is embedded here

The fascist state: Police summons veteran peace activist
Fight racism, smash apartheid.


I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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9 comments on “Activism is the rent I pay for occupying space in the most beautiful and complex biosphere we know of.
  1. Moving Forward says:

    Thanks again for coming on Kevin. Always a pleasure.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Guy Lane says:

    The ‘racist game’ photo of you reminds me of Harvey Keitel in The Taxi Driver. It didn’t end well.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kevin Hester says:

    Little has changed for my comrades in South Africa who I have campaigned alongside for 40 years.
    We won some battles but the war continues. Capitalism being the real enemy.


  4. […] desconexão constante que tenho testemunhado em 40 anos de ativismo é o fracasso em ligar o ativismo ecológico e o ativismo anti-guerra. Toda guerra é uma guerra […]

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kevin Hester says:

    My latest interview with Lonnie Clarke “The Age of Fisson Radio Show”.


  6. Kevin Hester says:

    Great presentation on Facadebook from Dr Mike Joy; “Activism is our rent we pay for living on the planet”.


  7. Kevin Hester says:

    Matthew Chute has recorded an audio analysis of my Facebook timeline. As you can imagine it’s a litany of armageddon.


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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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