OCEAN COUNTRY by Liz Cunningham, with a foreword by Carl Safina, is an adventure story and a meditation on the state of the seas. But most of all it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of urgent environmental crises. After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists, in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua, New Guinea. Join us to hear Cunningham share stories and photographs about the amazing people she met, who showed her what true hope can be.
LIZ CUNNINGHAM is the author of Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas (North Atlantic Books) and Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age (Praeger). Her work has been published by Alternet.org, Earth Island Journal, GreenBiz, The Marin Poetry Center Anthology, The Outward Bound International Journal, Seven Seas Magazine, Times of the Islands and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has collaborated with institutions such as the Academy for Educational Development, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Tides Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. She serves on the board of Outward Bound Peacebuilding and is the co-founder of KurtHahn.org, the online archive for the founder of Outward Bound, Kurt Hahn, who was her great uncle. She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. Visit her at: http://www.lizcunningham.net
ELIZABETH STEPHENSON is the Manager of the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF), a micro-granting program that has supported numerous time-sensitive, small-scale ocean conservation projects in more than 40 countries across six continents since 1999. MCAF supports emerging leaders in ocean conservation, including researchers, data gathering to protect marine species, as well as grassroots organizers mobilizing communities for positive change. One of the most rewarding parts of her work is building enduring relationships with grantees and helping to support their long-term success. Her years of experience as a marine biologist and as a science teacher led her to this role. She holds a Master’s degree in marine biology and policy from the University of Maine.