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Future Sea

How to Rescue and Protect the World’s Oceans

Deborah Rowan Wright

Future Sea

Deborah Rowan Wright

200 pages | 5-1/4 x 8-1/4
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9780226542676 Published October 2020
E-book $22.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226542706 Published October 2020
The world’s oceans face multiple threats: the effects of climate change, pollution, overfishing, plastic waste, and more. Confronted with the immensity of these challenges and of the oceans themselves, we might wonder what more can be done to stop their decline and better protect the sea and marine life. Such widespread environmental threats call for a simple but significant shift in reasoning to bring about long-overdue, elemental change in the way we use ocean resources. In Future Sea, ocean advocate and marine-policy researcher Deborah Rowan Wright provides the tools for that shift. Questioning the underlying philosophy of established ocean conservation approaches, Rowan Wright lays out a radical alternative: a bold and far-reaching strategy of 100 percent ocean protection that would put an end to destructive industrial activities, better safeguard marine biodiversity, and enable ocean wildlife to return and thrive along coasts and in seas around the globe.
 
Future Sea is essentially concerned with the solutions and not the problems. Rowan Wright shines a light on existing international laws intended to keep marine environments safe that could underpin this new strategy. She gathers inspiring stories of communities and countries using ocean resources wisely, as well as of successful conservation projects, to build up a cautiously optimistic picture of the future for our oceans—counteracting all-too-prevalent reports of doom and gloom. A passionate, sweeping, and personal account, Future Sea not only argues for systemic change in how we manage what we do in the sea, but also describes steps that anyone, from children to political leaders (or indeed, any reader of the book), can take toward safeguarding the oceans and their extraordinary wildlife.
Contents
Introduction

1. Back-to-Front World
2. The Laws of Life
3. Teeming Seas
4. The Free Sea
5. Theory to Reality
6. Counteroffensive
7. Worrying about the Wrong Stuff
8. The Silver Bullet?
9. The Power of Many Small Changes
10. Finding Like Minds

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Publishers Weekly
"In this cautionary if hopeful debut, environmentalist Rowan Wright urges society to take responsibility for the fate of the oceans. Despite the threat of climate change, ‘there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic,’ she notes, and practical solutions to undertake. . . . Perhaps Rowan Wright’s best suggestions are those that deal with individual actions and consumer decisions. Her discussion of sunscreen, for instance, urges people to shun the many popular brands containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can ‘disrupt coral reproduction and growth and exacerbate coral bleaching.’ Rowan Wright makes a strong case for how choices—big and small, collective and individual—can change the world."
Stephen R. Hoskins CBiol FRSB FLS | The Biologist
"Rowan Wright’s book emits passion and fire coupled with a growing urgency to 'put things right'—to make good our failings to protect the life of seas and oceans. Wright highlights good practice and encourages its dissemination and adaptation where possible, whilst castigating politicians for ignoring the science and aligning themselves with those who would exploit our seas to the point at which they become lifeless. . . . This book is simply too important not to be read by the general public, marine scientists, ecological/environmental conservationists, representatives of marine-based industries and especially politicians; and since most of it is jargon-free there really is no excuse."
David Helvarg, author of "Saved by the Sea" and "The Golden Shore"
“In Future Sea, Rowan Wright makes a convincing call to optimism. From ‘Inky the octopus’ to the Law of the Sea convention she provides a cogent, easy-to-read argument for protecting the whole of our blue marble planet. A fast read on a deep subject, this thoughtful book will leave you feeling empowered to take the plunge, understanding that in saving the natural abundance and diversity of our seas we’re really saving ourselves.”
Drew Harvell, Cornell University, author of "A Sea of Glass" and "Ocean Outbreak"
“Rowan Wright’s book is a clear call to action to modernize the Law of the Sea so that it can deal with the changes in society, in the sea, on land, and in the atmosphere that have arisen since it came into force in 1994. This is the freshest, most sensible, and most optimistic perspective I have seen in a long time. I enjoy very much the positive, can-do approach. Very motivating.”
Amy Brady | Literary Hub
"Books about climate change are often rife with doomy predictions, but Future Sea brims with hopeful stories of communities around the world that are working to protect and conserve our oceans. Our seas face many threats, including climate change, pollution, and overfishing, but this book is solutions-oriented. A marine-policy researcher, Rowan Wright puts forth a sweeping—if somewhat radical—plan that offers total protection of all oceans on Earth and all of their living inhabitants. The book also includes actions individuals can take right now to be better stewards of the seas."
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