Thursday 18 September 2008

Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean

Alanna Mitchell


It is a disturbing reality that many people believe the oceans of our planet are largely devoid of life and ecological significance. In actual fact, the oceans are the great unexamined ecological crisis of our planet.
Globally the oceans cover 71 per cent of the planet’s surface and contain 90 per cent of the mass of life on Earth. While tremendous attention and money have been invested in saving the ecosystems of our land animals and plants, the gradual deterioration of ocean life has been happening in secret. Scientists are just beginning to piece together the growing crisis beneath the waves and its implications for future life on this planet. Seasick is the first book to take the scattered pieces of this scientific puzzle and bring them into a cohesive story. It will change the way people understand the global ocean and its importance to all life on earth. This engaging and timely work of narrative non-fiction opens with the deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and features Alanna Mitchell’s discussions with Tim Flannery, former Australian of the Year and bestselling author of The Weather Makers.


In partnership with Brisbane Writers Festival. This event is a ticketed event. You can purchase tickets through qtix. BrisScience had secured 200 free tickets for our member, unfortunately these tickets have all been allocated.

Alanna Mitchell is the author of the internationally acclaimed Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World’s Environmental Hotspots. In 2000, while working at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail, she was named the best environmental reporter in the world by the Reuters Foundation. The prize led her to be a visiting scholar at Oxford University’s Green College. In her 17 years as a newspaper journalist, she won three international reporting awards as well as several national awards for her work on social trends and finance. She is now a public speaker and independent writer living in Toronto, Canada.

‘A riveting book of revelations about Earth’s largest and most important habitat’ – Tim Flannery