My mission is to be a voice for the life the seas and the people who are working to save it, to inspire and empower others to join the effort to save our seas and forge a sustainable future. I write and speak about ocean conservation and the traits we need to be effective stewards of our seas and our planet—among others, courage, an engaged hope, and our capacity to work together to implement solutions.
Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, 2015 Silver Award Winner, Ecology & Environment
IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards), 2016 Silver Award Winner, Environment/Ecology/Nature
“Ocean Country is a heroine’s journey of near-death and discovery, of hopelessness and rebirth. Cunningham’s odyssey reveals how immersion into the problems that overwhelm us is a blessing of self-discovery. Where there is carelessness, we find our tenderness; where there is human suffering, we find our sense of compassion. Where there is damage and degradation, we find faith in ourselves and know that human beings can both resist and change all human ignorance.”
—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, director of Project Drawdown
Ocean Country is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly, it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind.
“This book comes as a great gift—an overwhelming reminder of the ocean planet on which we live, with its great wonders and the risks it faces.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Cunningham’s earnest narration of travels to remote seas around the world is a compelling read. Citing examples of sustainable fisheries and marine-protected areas around the word, the book ends on the hopeful note that we may have stopped hitting the snooze button when it comes to taking action against climate change.
With genuine emotion and great pragmatism, Cunningham makes passionate pleas for the continued health of the planet.
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A moving testament to the human spirit.
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Twenty-one percent of royalties are being donated to the New England Aquarium's Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF). That percentage was chosen because it's the percentage of oxygen in each breath we take. Over half of that oxygen comes from plants and algae in the ocean. Every other breath is thanks to them.