I am proud to be a Mission Blue Partner. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots. You’ll find lots of resources on Mission Blue’s Web site for learning more about the ocean and the crucial efforts happening now to save the life of the seas.

Resources for Educators:

What is “the art of the possible”? How do we see hope in conservationists’ efforts? What is the circular economy? Below are PDFs with discussion questions like these for incorporating Ocean Country into high-school and college classes. Also below are some helpful resource links.

High School Discussion Questions
College Discussion Questions

Classrooms have used the collaborative-learning technique know as the Jigsaw Strategy to incorporate Ocean Country into curriculum. Each student will read one chapter and explain that chapter and their reactions to it to their classmates. Below is a link with more information about the Jigsaw Strategy.

Resource links for the topics covered in Ocean Country:

Education World: Jigsaw Strategy
Manta Trust
Mangrove Action Project
The Bird’s Head Seascape
The Coral Triangle: Amazon of the Oceans
25 Best Ocean Infographics
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
Ocean Literacy Program
Pinniped Cognition & Sensory Systems Laboratory
The Marine Mammal Center
SeaWeb Europe


“Wave after wave of gripping narrative—mysterious, funny, prophetic and profound—deftly delivers knowledge crucial to our times. You can give it as a gift to friends and family, you can assign it at any classroom level in any field.”

—Catherine Keller, author of Cloud of the Impossible and The Face of the Deep

Ocean Country is a book about the art of the possible. How it is possible to protect the planet’s glorious richness of sea-lives and the life of fisherfolk? How can we harvest the sea without emptying it? How is it possible to bear the oceanic consequences of run-away carbon catastrophe? How is it possible to write a book that both celebrates and informs, calling us to respond with hearts and minds to the crises of the life-sustaining seas? In her book of underwater adventures, Liz Cunningham shows us how.”

—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Great Tide Rising