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, the rapidly degrading state of our environment. 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 dazzling but 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.
Liz Cunningham’s mission is to inspire and empower others to join the effort to forge a sustainable and more just future. She writes and speaks to audiences about conservation and the traits we need to be effective stewards of our earth—among others, courage, an engaged, active hope, and the ability to work together to find solutions. She is the author of the award-winning book, Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas (North Atlantic Books, 2015), with a foreword by Carl Safina, and Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995). She is active as a public speaker in schools, universities, community-based conservation events and at large public venues such as the Commonwealth Club, the New England Aquarium and the New York Times Building. Cunningham is the co-founder of KurtHahn.org (http://www.kurthahn.org), the online archive for the founder of Outward Bound, Kurt Hahn, who was her great-uncle. She serves on the board of Outward Bound Peacebuilding (http://www.outwardboundpeace.org). More information about Cunningham’s work is at: http://www.lizcunningham.net.