Rex Weyler

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Rex Weyler
Rex Weyler2.jpg
Born (1947-09-10) 10 September 1947 (age 72)
Denver, Colorado, United States
OccupationAuthor, Journalist, Ecologist
GenreEssays, News, Non-fiction

Rex Weyler (born September 10, 1947) is an American / Canadian author, journalist and ecologist. He has worked as a writer, editor, and publisher. In the 1970s, Weyler served as a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation, and as campaign photographer and publisher of the Greenpeace Chronicles. He was a cofounder of Greenpeace International in 1979.[1]

Weyler is the author of multiple books about Greenpeace history (Greenpeace: The Inside Story) and religious commentary (The Jesus Sayings: A Quest for His Authentic Message). In the 1990s, he coauthored a U.S. patent for music tuning software and co-founded Justonic Tuning Inc. with his partner Bill Gannon, to develop and market the product.[2]

Life and education[edit]

Weyler attended high school with future first lady Laura Welch Bush and future US Army General Tommy Franks.[3])

On April 5, 2005, the Urban Environmental Policy Center on the Occidental College campus awarded Weyler and Dennis Zane, a fellow student organizer, the Alumni Community Action Award.[4]

Weyler has three siblings. He married Glenn Jonathans in Nijmegen, Netherlands in 1971 and immigrated to Canada in 1972. Weyler and Jonathans divorced in 1980. Weyler married Lisa Gibbons[5] in 1991. They now live on Cortes Island B.C., Canada. Lisa Gibbons is an artist and youth educator. Weyler and Gibbons have 3 sons, and been foster parents with the BC Federation of Foster Parents.[6]


1975 and 1980, Weyler co-founded and served as publisher and editor of the original Greenpeace Chronicles newspaper.[7] This was one of the first international environmental publications, with stories by writers Robert Hunter, Paul Watson, John C. Lilly, Kitty Tucker, Ben Metcalfe, and David Garrick, and art and cartoons by cartoonists Ralph Steadman[8] and Ron Cobb.

1998 to 2002, Weyler served as publisher and editor of Shared Vision Magazine in Vancouver, B.C. [9]

In 2007, Weyler founded the Institute for Citizen Journalism,[10] and contributed writing to The Tyee.[11]

In 2008, Weyler began posting a monthly column, Deep Green, to the Greenpeace International website.


Rex Weyler and Bob Hunter

Between 1973 and 1982, Weyler served as a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation, campaign photographer and reporter, and as editor of the Greenpeace Chronicles magazine. He was a co-founder of Greenpeace International in 1979.[1][12][13]

In 1975, Weyler sailed on the first Greenpeace whale campaign, and subsequent whale and seal campaigns. His photographs and news accounts of these campaigns were widely published.[14]

He is the author of a history of the first decade of Greenpeace, Greenpeace: The Inside Story (Raincoast, Rodale, 2004).[15]

Since leaving Greenpeace in 1982, Weyler has remained active in environmental and peace issues. In 1991, he helped draft dioxin emission levels for pulp mills in British Columbia. In 2006, he served as Program Coordinator for World Peace Forum 2006.[16]

Weyler is featured in the documentary, Greenpeace: Making a Stand.[17]

Books by Rex Weyler[edit]

  • Weyler, Rex (2008) The Jesus Sayings: A Quest for His Authentic Message (House of Anansi Press, 2008)
  • Weyler, Rex (2004) Greenpeace: The Inside Story (Raincoast Books, Rodale, 2004). Finalist, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, 2004.
  • Weyler, Rex (2004) Greenpeace: An Insider's Account (UK);
  • Weyler, Rex (2004) Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World (US: Rodale), ISBN 978-1-59486-106-2.
  • Weyler, Rex with Rick Fields, Peggy Taylor, Rick Ingrasci (1984) Chop Wood, Carry Water: Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life (Tarcher)
  • Weyler, Rex (1982) Blood of the Land (Everest House, 1982; New Society Publishers, 1992)
  • Weyler, Rex with Robert Hunter (1978) To Save a Whale (Chronicle Books).
  • Weyler, Rex with Daphne Marlatt and Robert Minden (1975) Steveston Recollected (UBC, Provincial Archives, out of print).

Weyler has published articles and essays on the Greenpeace website, his website, and the following anthologies, among other places: The Power of the People, ed. Robert Cooney and Helen Michalowski (New Society Publishers, 1987); Beyond Hypnosis by Dr. Lee Pulos (Omega Press, San Francisco, 1990); Shorelines (Kingfisher Press, B.C., 1995); Witness, Twenty-five Years on the Environmental Front Line (Andre Deutsch, London, 1996); Greenpeace: Changing the World, ed. Conny Boettger, Fouad Hamdan (Rasch & Röhring, 2001); The Book of Letters: 150 Years of Private Canadian Correspondence, by Paul and Audrey Grescoe (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2002).

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Finalist, Shaughnessy-Cohen Award for Political Writing; 2004.[18]
  • Publishers Weekly, "Best Books of 2004," Greenpeace: The Inside Story.[19]
  • Finalist, Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction, BC Book Awards, 2004.[20]
  • Alumni Community Action Award,[21] Urban Environmental Policy Center, Los Angeles, April 2005.


  1. ^ a b "Deep Green - Jan 2008". Greenpeace Philippines.
  2. ^ "CIPO - Patent - 2182662". 18 July 2012. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ See "Tell Laura I Love Her" for a memoir of Midland, Texas, c. 1963-66.
  4. ^ Urban Environmental Policy Center at Occidental College Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Lisa Gibbons Biography Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Weyler Rex". ABC BookWorld.
  7. ^ "Greenpeace Chronicles".
  8. ^ Greenpeace Chronicles - article scan Archived 2006-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Account Suspended".
  10. ^ Institute for Citizen Journalism Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "News, Articles & Commentary by Rex Weyler". The Tyee. 10 September 2004.
  12. ^ See Founders of Greenpeace,Additional Greenpeace CharactersArchived December 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine in the Greenpeace history
  13. ^ "Greenpeace chronology". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. on the founding of Greenpeace.
  14. ^ "Greenpeace". Rex Weyler. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  15. ^ Greenpeace: The Inside Story Archived 2011-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies - World Peace Forum 2006 in June in Vancouver".
  17. ^ Greenpeace: Making a Stand - documentary a history of Greenpeace, including a dramatic modern campaign in Argentina that preserved the forest homeland of the Wichi Indians, threatened by industrial soy plantations.
  18. ^ Finalist, Shaughnessy-Cohen Award Archived September 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "/404".
  20. ^ BC Book Awards, 2005 Finalist
  21. ^ Urban Environmental Policy Center - Occidental College Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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